“What I want to tell the world about Autism is that there is so much more to Autism than what meets the eye. The problem with Autism is that it does not have a face. It looks NORMAL . What you see is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg...”
Anonymous parent of a child with Autism.
“NO WORDS can describe how I felt when I knew that my son has Autism.
But being depressed about it won’t change anything. So my husband and I tried to get all information of what to do. My son had a communication and social problem. We were really lucky to have started with really supportive Therapists. We did the early intervention really fast, but we also learned that we as parents and everyone around our son had to help out too. For 3 years our son was in his own little world, he was stimming, singing and avoiding all eye contact. But slowly he started to change. I believe he has been trying. He needs a little time to find his way towards us. I believe that he had, and still has sensory issues from noise, touch and taste. All of that is quite overwhelming for him. So we did our best to get all the help he needs.
It has been 3 years going to Speech, Floortime, OT, Sensory Integration and Social Therapies. Every month, our son started to change, bit by bit. Yes, there were up and downs. But his hard work paid off. He started from telling us what he wanted, toy, apple, toilet and of course, iPad. Every single year he improves. But this year is his eye contact. I guess only parents who have a special, beautiful child would understand how I feel.
Every single case is different, so please to every single parents who is going through this stressful path, hang in there and please have hope and believe in our child. They need us to believe in them and give them patience and lots of comfort and love for them to find their way to reach to us (they are trying really hard to let us know that they do love us but just cannot express the way that we do).”
Anonymous parent of a child with Autism.
“Don’t feel sorry for people with Autism and their family. Admire them for their effort to live in a world that doesn’t always accommodate to them. Be curious and open-minded. Let them teach and show you about their Autism.”
Dr. Kwan Hansongkitpong
Founder of Autism Awareness Thailand & Clinical Director at Little Sprouts Children’s Centre.
“What I want to tell the world about Autism is.....there’s a person behind the diagnosis,
get to know them.”
Parent of a child with Autism.
Founder & Director of Steps with Theera, a vocational training centre for young adults with special learning needs.
“For me, Autism is more a quality that some people have which makes them see the world in a different way, not the wrong way, just different. We need to be able to recognise what this group of people can teach us about ourselves and the world around us. Embrace different.”
Speech Pathologist Advanced Clinician,
Therapy Focus, Australia.
“What I want to tell the world about Autism is that the saying is true, once you have met an individual with Autism, you have only met one individual with autism.
It is important to remember that individuals with Autism see the world differently which may lead them to communicate in various ways. It is imperative to communicate in a way in which they can understand by being clear and concise, and also understand that they may be trying to tell you something with the behaviors they are engaging in.”
Centre for Autism Recovery & Education (CARE).
“What I want the world to know about Autism is that no matter how different individuals with Autism may seem, they are the same as every other individuals. We all need love and understanding to strive in this world we share.”
Kiratinoot Luanganggoon (Kira)
Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
“In my opinion, we can never completely understand Autism, because individuals with Autism are so different from one another - they teach me something new about Autism every day. Instead, we can endeavor to be life-long students of individuals with Autism, by watching, listening and thinking about the BIG picture when it comes to Intervention, rather than focusing on isolated skills; and most importantly, shaping our own approach to each individual.”
The Expat Speechie
Advanced Certified Autism Specialist & Speech Language Pathologist
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