What do authorities have to say about ASD? Why do we need authorities for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? How can kids with ASD benefit from having authorities with ASD? A lot of people are still unaware of ASD despite many kids, even adults, having ASD. The developmental disorder is characterized by emotional, social, and behavioral challenges. People with ASD usually display repetitive behaviors and struggle to interact with other people without ASD.
If there were one awful encounter that I could recall with my extended family, it would be that time when Regina and her three-year-old daughter, Mia, visited the United States.
From what I understood autonomously, Regina was the wife of one of my dad’s second cousins.
The cousin migrated to the US two years ago, but he only had the money to bring his family here now. Before I could get out of the car automatically that day, though, my mom delicately informed me to be patient and gentle with Mia because she was autistic.
No kid would automatically understand, but I nodded.
When we arrived at the party, I naturally paid the usual respect to the elders, automatically done in our culture. I immediately saw Regina as well, and I immediately thought that she seemed like a lovely lady. Her English was not fluent yet, but I know enough Spanish to converse with her. Then, she pointed me to the garden, where she said Mia was playing with the other kids.
Influential Thoughts Afterward
I did not need to be accompanied to that spot. As I neared the garden, one of my same-age cousins who had a lot of impact on me, Lola, came up to me and whispered, “Mia is special.” I heard that word again. Surely, curious, I let Lola drag me to where Mia sat on the grass field.
When I was finally facing to face with the three-year-old, I did not see any specialness. For sure, Mia looked like a doll in her dress and all, but everyone did in this family, modesty aside. When I looked at Lola questioningly, she knelt in front of the little girl and started trying to talk to her in Spanish.
Lola had been speaking for five minutes straight, and Mia never looked up once. I wondered if she was shy, but my cousin did not use English on purpose to avoid scaring her. Even when the other kids flocked around the little girl, she continued sitting on the ground. Oh, that special, I thought. Mia was autistic.
Why I Decided To Be A Counselor
The family gathering had not ended yet when I witnessed another shocking thing about autism. I was on the way to the bathroom to pee when I heard a woman’s hushed angry tones and a child crying. I took a peek and saw that Regina was smacking Mia’s butt. From what I heard, she was upset because her kid kept acting oddly.
Since I grew up in the US, I had always thought that hitting a child was a major crime.
But my parents said that it was pretty standard where they grew up, so I kind of understood if Regina implemented the same rule at her home; what shocked me more once was that she was punishing her daughter for being different.
Fast forward to 2021. Regina and Mia did not stay long in the United States. Dad’s cousin moved back with them, so we never saw them again.
Committing Yourself To The Cause, How Does It Affect?
I became an autism counselor For Kids.
Everyone kept asking me why, and I could not always give them a straight answer. I mean, how could I tell them that I wanted to learn to counsel things related to it so that I could help these children and teach mothers like Regina how to be a good guide on daughters like Mia who have disorders? That would merely raise a lot of questions, so it was better to stay mum on that.
As I began practicing counseling then, I realized that there were indeed many parents who kept trying to treat their autistic kids like normal children. Meaning, they would order them to do something, and then they’d get mad if the child with autism could not follow simple instructions.
Influencer For Autism Words of Advice
In such cases, I would remind the parents, teachers, friends, and leaders for kids with autism were wired differently from others. While regular children might understand an instruction at once, you need to keep reminding a kid with it about what they should do. Hence, sticking to a routine for a long while was always my primary recommendation for kids with disorders. More importantly, even if such kids with condition would not show many emotions, it did not mean that your hurtful words won’t sting those kids with disorders.
I’m hoping to visit my parents’ homeland and see how Mia is doing with her condition soon. Now that I have a better understanding of autism, I can help her parents understand how to deal with it. It has always had a bad rep but autism doesn’t have to be. It can be a good thing for everybody involved around this.