Now that the number of children diagnosed with autism has drastically increased, there is a need to give help for autism. Children suffering autism should be given importance and priority. Considered as the fastest growing developmental disability, autism now affects 1 in 100 children. It is now the third most common disorder in children. It is more common than multiple sclerosis, Down Syndrome, or cystic fibrosis.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects children as early as the first few months of life. It delays the development in social relationship, communication, and their activities and interest. The problem with autism is that it does not only affect the child but also the rest of the family, especially on the siblings. One research showed that in a family with an autistic child, one other child experiences behavioral problems such as aggressiveness, disobedience and acting out.
There are five types of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and classical autism. Each of these types varies in levels of disability or function. This is what makes ASD more difficult to defeat – its diversity. Parents must work together to disseminate new information about autism by sharing their experiences, ideas, and discoveries. This is a good way to give help for autism. Children need as many help as they can because they are still dependent from their parents.
There are already some groups that help autism but they cannot accommodate and reach some areas. There should be more organizations and foundations that would help families affected with autism, no matter where they are. Autism is now a worldwide occurrence and must be handled extensively. It would be easier to solve the problem if there are a lot of people willing to give help for autism. Children all over the world are suffering the disorder without receiving any assistance. It is would also be very comforting to know that there will be other person available and willing to give a hand.
I think that it would be asking too much but there should be more laws that cover and would give help for autism. Children with health problems should not be left out and be taken for granted. More funds must be allocated to support expensive researches and studies. Also, there is still no proven cure available for autistic children. Parents and pediatricians still rely on various treatment options available that only provide relative relief in some children.
Experts still consider early detection of ASD as the best way to help for autism. Children should be constantly monitored and observed as early as their first few months in life. In this way, treatment options can be applied immediately and this will improve the development of the child. Parents must also know how to properly care and handle their autistic child. Some children proved to be very good in arts, music, and even in Math. Most children also get hooked on puzzles, this is because they become obsessed in one thing. It is the jobs of the parents to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their own autistic child.