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Autism Disorder Awareness 2/3 -Autism in Adults

This is the 2nd of the 3 posts on Autism Disorder Awareness.

Read the first post of this short series here

In my last post, I tried to draw some inference that how early intervention can alter the life of a child who shows symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, today in this post I will try to mention a few important aspects of the transition of a child into adulthood and what could be the possible problems faced by the individuals.

In most of the cases, it is certainly unusual for people with autism disorder to have reached adulthood without a diagnosis, as the symptoms are hard to ignore. Still, untimely preventative measures and medical interventions make the journey little longer and challenging for some individuals.

Adulthood and Autism Disorder

The transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood can create excitement as well as nervousness in individuals with autism, only proper parental support, and advanced preparation can make them comfortable to handle the situation.

Although ASD cannot be cured, appropriate intervention and support can help people to develop skills and coping strategies. Social skills training can assist people on the autism spectrum in understanding how to read the different expectations of social situations.  below are a few transitional stages in an adults life and the problems faced by them as they are in the process:

” Adults with Autism were once children with autism. They too need, acceptance, understanding, and awareness”

Problems faced at High School

  • Inadequately trained teachers and support staffs.
  • An easy target for bullying by seniors or classmates.
  • The different environment from home, inconsistent teachers, and different rules and timing also created frustration in the individual

Transition at College

  • Special Colleges designed for persons with autism and other disabilities.
  • Familiarising with the campus and searching for a nearby campus.
  • Understanding the child’s ability for autonomy

Problems faced in Job Market

  • Lack of social interaction
  • Inadequate language development
  • Uncomfortable in a crowd of skilled people

Suggested Suitable Jobs where Autism has been a proven asset for the autistic adults

  • Scientists
  • Creative works
  • Musician
  • Painter

Jobs not suitable for autistic adults

  • Teaching
  • Hospitality
  • Sales and Marketing

Let us have a look at the inspirational people with Autism from the history

Albert Einstein –  Scientist & Mathematician

Albert Einstein a great scientist and a mathematician had trouble socializing, especially as an adult. As a child, he experienced severe speech delays and later echolalia, or the habit of repeating sentences to himself.

He was technically incredible and yet some facts about his personality traits have led many experts to conclude that he appeared somewhere on the autism spectrum. Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist

Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist

Who doesn’t know about the very famous Darwin’s theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin? Records suggest that Darwin’s childhood state he was a very quiet and isolated child, avoided interaction with others as much as he could.

Like so many others with Asperger’s Syndrome ( a developmental disorder), he sought alternative ways of communicating, such as writing letters. He had fixations with certain topics like chemistry but was a very visual thinker — all traits of someone on the autism spectrum.

Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation

One of the richest Man! Can he be autistic? but the evidence that Bill Gates may be autistic is quite persuasive.

It has never been confirmed that Gates falls on the autism spectrum, but those who seem to think, he cites things like the distinct rocking motion, Gates displays when he concentrates, his shortened and monotoned speech patterns, and his habits of avoiding eye contact on the rare occasion he speaks directly with someone else, which are all common characters of those on the spectrum.

Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist

Researchers at Cambridge University, suggests that Isaac Newton had Asperger’s Syndrome on the spectrum. The researchers, who also argue that Albert Einstein was autistic, mention in their article evidence that Newton isolated himself as much as possible.

It is said that he was not a social person at all and relied strongly upon routines and there are a number of reports that suggest that he was often so focused on his work, that he went for days at a time without eating or sleeping.

Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster

Bobby Fischer, the chess grandmaster, and World Chess Champion is said to have had Asperger’s Syndrome in addition to paranoid schizophrenia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

He was known to be extremely intense and lacked social abilities. His extreme focus on chess is another sign, as his track record for not being able to cope in an unstructured environment.

Early interventions can change a life.

Reference: From the doctor’s desk of Child Neurology Division, AIIMS, Delhi and Applied Behaviour Analysis

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

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Autism Disorder Awareness 1/3

As you all know I have been writing on the topics related to Mental Health and different aspects of our life which triggers stress and certain Mental ailment. The aim: To spread some awareness.

Earlier I had written about Depression {Depression has no face} and today I am presenting my first post on Autism Disorder Awareness. This is the 1st of the 3 posts on ADA as this subject has a lot to understand and a lot to explain.

I would suggest that when one reads about these kinds of illness and tries to learn about the symptoms and solutions, should be open-minded, be human and above all try to be an empath, it makes the road little easier to travel and get closer to the minds of the pain warriors fighting these disorders.

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are not abnormal they don’t even seek others acceptance, they just want to be understood and loved normally. It is their fight within, the struggle within, which they cannot even communicate to their near ones which leads to unlimited stress and trauma.

Society here also plays a very prevalent and dominating role by categorizing the parameters of judging someone normal or abnormal, acceptable or unacceptable, lovable or unlovable and we grow with this conditioning.

Just imagine if we all grow with similar conditioning will we ever be able to make a difference in anybody’s life? Will we ever be able to make this world a better place for living? Let’s talk about it.

Autism, it might be a short word but it holds a different meaning for different people, we categorize people from normal to abnormal, with order and disorder just because of the chemical lochas (miswiring) in our neurological atmosphere.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurobehavioral condition characterized by various daily life challenges in social interaction, basic communication, repetitive behavior, speech, and nonverbal communication.

Autism Disorder Awareness

Autism being a spectrum disorder, that includes a range of linked conditions and each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn to think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. it depends upon the type of autism a person is influenced in.

Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

What is the early identification of Autism Disorder?

  • Symptoms of Autism are known to appear as early as infancy and in the first two years of life.
  • Identifying the child at an early age is early identification of autism
  • The average age of diagnosis of autism disorder in a child is three years.

Why do we need to identify autism disorder at an early age?

  • It gives answers to the parents who are concerned about the child’s atypical development.
  • The transition from the unfocused worry to the mobilized efforts to learn about the disorder.
  • It allows the most appropriate and timely treatment to be selected and delivered.
  • Increases the chances of better outcomes when intervention begins earlier.

What are the early symptoms of autism disorder in infants?

  • Decreased imitation.
  • Decreased social responses, responses to their name, looking at other people, social smiles, fewer appropriate facial expressions.
  • Increased sensory and stereotypic behaviors.
  • Decreased nonverbal communication and gestures.

What are the early symptoms of autism disorder in Toddlers?

  • Children with autism often have problems developing motor skills, such as running, throwing a ball or even learning how to write.
  • Lack of expected language and social behaviors.
  • Lack of non-verbal development.

When to Consult a Doctor?

Once the above mentioned early symptoms are identified, it is always advisable to seek help from a trained pediatric neurologist. Early identification and early intervention might have a very significant impact on overall outcome of child’s development.

Early interventions can change a life.

Reference: From the doctor’s desk of Child Neurology Division, AIIMS, Delhi.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

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2019 Goal Review

Hello,

Time for 2019 Goal Review

How is the year 2019 treating you all?
We are halfway through this year, it’s already June and just a few days back I was preparing my goal list for the year 2019, of course losing weight was not one of my goals for this year at least 🙂
I always set goals for myself, set a deadline, sometimes even randomly as I love to challenge myself and test my own limits. Now that sounds nasty, yeah but this is what works for me.

This year the level of my goals were bit higher, as I am already in my early 30’s and I guess I have lived half of my life studying, working, fulfilling responsibilities as a daughter, wife, and mother and this relationship of responsibility and balancing will continue forever for sure but in between I want to make some space for me and now I feel is the time to do something, something I love to do, to follow my passion, find my purpose and to make my own identity and leave a legacy before I finally bid adieu from this life.
Yes, I know it sounds difficult or even impossible, but what is the difference between merely existing and living life. It is in our hands to make things work for us, at least we can try to change our present situation if we are unable to fight with it we can shift our focus on self-development and make ourselves capable enough not to rely on anyone.
I see so many inspiring people around me, hear so many inspirational stories and sometimes I just am my own motivation, how long we will wait for that someone, who will come and lift us? How long we will be the victim of our own miseries? Our thought process? Procrastination? Over-thinking?
Time is now and life is now, it is happening, and we are still breathing, make each breathe count, Inhale all the possibilities for a better tomorrow and exhale out all the toxicity.
Your body might leave you one day
Your health might not support you one day
Your financial Investments might not give you expected returns
Your future plans might not fall in place
You will age, you will become weak
but all this is worth if we gather end number of small achievements, if we are present in all the moments life give us if we laugh a little more and love a little more and go by the Theory of Trying, you know what a theory is? It is my invented theory, but I am sure you will like it too:)

Theory of TRYING

I will not say try, try but never cry, rather I will say cry but still try. I have been through it, I am still crying and trying all the time, experiencing my share of ups and downs in my career but if I cry and not try I will stop growing and on the other hand if I cry and also try simultaneously, eventually I will move forward, from zero to one, from one to two and trust me these small steps although appears to be a very tiny effort but means a lot to me and anyone who is self-taught and self-made.
As a Mental Health Awareness enthusiast, I always believe and try promoting self-help measures and self-awareness through my blogs and I strongly believe that we all should devote some time for ourselves in our daily routine.

My 2019 Goal List: (Self-development)

  • Blogging Consistently
  • Publishing my own book on Mental Health
  • Getting into entrepreneurship
  • Being a Minimalist
  • Expressing gratitude and being humble

I don’t set unrealistic goals for myself, I envision my dreams and my passion then set some short term and realistic goals which will help me shape a better personality in me.

I am glad to share that I am able to finish a few of my goals by writing consistently, publishing my very first eBook, expressing gratitude, switching to be a minimalist and staying humble.

Getting into entrepreneurship might sound like an unrealistic goal for me until I take few steps towards it but yes I am left with more six months in my hands and I am trying, crying and yet trying.

The purpose of sharing this up close and personal goal list with my readers is just that I want you all to believe that if you set goals or deadlines for yourselves you have already taken that first step towards a better tomorrow.

Hence I would love to hear your goal check list, and would also like to know how did you like my Theory of trying 😀.

Have a great time ahead, make the most of it, stay happy and healthy.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

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