Even with a promising procedure and complete tools, there are still a lot of parents that hesitate to put their children with autism in specialized facilities with specialized therapists and professional doctors. Perhaps, you are also wondering if in-house treatment programs are possible. The answer for that is a definite yes.
Children with an autism spectrum disorder can benefit from a number of different treatment modalities. — Heather Gilmore, MSW, BCBA
Autism is a kind of condition which is often misinterpreted. Most often than not, media also portrays people with autism as if it is just a simple disorder which you can box into one category. However, one should know that Autism is a neurological condition that affects people’s social developments and that there are variations in the symptoms and severity of this condition.
Does your beloved child have special needs?
The intimidating amount of stress that falls on the parents’ laps is beyond imaginable. You may try your hardest not to let it show, but we know that life has not been stress-free for you. If they cry for no definite reason, it breaks your heart. When they throw a feat, and you cannot control them, you may merely want to bawl as well.
There’s a saying here in the South: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” — Janeen Herskovitz, MA, LMHC
Guessing and knowing for sure that a child has an autistic disorder can affect the relationship between a family differently.
When you only have an inkling about it, it is effortless to forget the possibility and treat the kid like a healthy son or daughter. You can delegate little chores to them, similarly teach them as the other kiddos, and become a disciplinarian if they exceed the boundaries.
If you and your spouse are healthy and have no long-term illnesses to speak of, the news that your beloved son or daughter has autism may be difficult to accept. The queries of the parents, therefore, can go anywhere from “Was there something we did not do right during the pregnancy?” to “Why did this fate befall our family?”
One of the signals that your child has autism is his slow emotional development. In case average toddlers always ask for their mommy or daddy, your offspring may not even care whether you are present or not. The kid may be aloof around people as well – including you – if he is “in the zone.” For sure, things get much worse if your child has severe autism since even a little skin-to-skin may put him on defense or attack mode.
Anxiety is a prominent feature of autism although hard to determine at first. It is hard to distinguish what upsets a kid with autism. With the few words that sometimes come out of his mouth, he cannot explain precisely what happened to his days. He can’t even tell what he is feeling exactly, whether he is bored or wants something that he will suddenly act out. Did something happen out of the ordinary that he suddenly felt anxious and afraid? It is indeed a tough job to care for a child with autism. However, a parent will do anything to make things better although she is left in wonder.
Getting diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome after years of wondering why therapy does not seem to help improve my mental state has made me feel more relieved than sad. At last, someone has been able to put a name on my issues. I no longer need to go on with my life without understanding what I need to deal with.
As a high-functioning form of autism, Asperger’s has honestly not hindered me from following my dreams. I managed to enter a prestigious university and get on an academic program that I wanted without a hassle. Despite that, remembering things has proven to be an issue at some point, primarily during the exam period. After trying a few things that my therapist and friends recommended to me, the following helped me immensely.
Playing Board Games
No one is ever too old for board games. Twister, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, and RISK — they are accessible to all ages because they can be played anytime by two or more players. Thus, you, your friends, and your family members can have a nice mini battle among yourselves.
Another perk of playing board games is that you do not need to use any electronic gadget to be able to make use of them. It means to say that you will be less exposed to radiation and stress because, if you are not aware of it yet, computers do contribute significantly to your anxiety. I think by now you know how bad it can be for your memory, yes? I have a grandfather who is 90 years old at the moment, and yet he still plays Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly with his grandchildren. In my opinion, he is the living proof that old age is not the main reason why there are people who suffer from memory decline.
Play Warcraft Games
Although it may appear as quite contradictory to what I have just said above, and I am not sure either if there are already studies about this one, I cannot pass the opportunity to say that maybe, just maybe, the kind of hype that the players get from Warcraft games are being transferred to their academic and salaried abilities. Hence, they excel in their expertise more than others. Of course, I have met a lot of people already, and almost all of the brainiacs that I know of are the ones who spend more time killing each other’s avatars and less in reviewing their lessons. Still, they emerge at the top of the class or work.
I am not a player of any online game, but I got curious about it one day and asked them what they get from playing such things. They said the same thing: “We can focus more on studies and jobs when we play.” Furthermore, I guess it is the intensity of the game that draws them into it, and so they can discharge all of their stress by intensely clicking the mouse and the keypads. As I said, I don’t think my theory is proven already, but there can be no harm in trying. Who knows, maybe this is going to be the answer as well for your memory problem.
Reading books, articles, and novels of diverse genres are what I believe as the reason why I only have minor hitches with my memory these days. They have never failed to make me visualize and gather exciting ideas and look forward to more. I am pretty sure that not most people appreciate reading, but it is worth to give it a try. To toughen your memory, of course.
Relate Eclectic Things To Each Other
Relating general things to each other is the type of activity that will be able to show a person’s strong mental ability. Just like multitasking, after all, it cannot be done for everyone. This does not need much explanation, but if it does, let me set one of my professors’ usual manners of teaching as an example.
Mr. Rodriguez teaches Organic Chemistry. One day, he explained the free radical substitution of methane and chlorine by saying that one of the chlorine atoms will elope with its boyfriend methane. Because of that, there will be another free and sad chlorine atom, which is ready for the taking by anyone. Do you see how unrelated chemistry and elopement are to each other, and yet the analogy still seems to be correct? Your brain will always have great exercise when you try to connect two or more diverse things all the time.
Strengthening your memory can seem tricky, especially if you have a neurological condition like Asperger’s or another form of autism that alters your brain function. However, that is not something you can get rid of easily since you have practically been born with it. The only thing you can do is try the tips given above to reduce memory fluctuations somehow.
Autism spectrum disorder or also known as ASD affects a small percentage of people in the world. Usually, it gets commonly diagnosed in male or boys. However, it doesn’t spare girls or women from having it. Since it happens indifferently with them, the mental health condition goes undiagnosed. Sometimes, it gets misdiagnosed and become entirely irrelevant from what it is supposed to be. So to answer the question “how does an autism spectrum disorder look differently in women,” here are the things people need to know.
What Is ASD?
ASD is a developmental state that affects the social and communication abilities of individuals. People often see it as the difficulty in connecting with others due to repetitive and inflexible patterns of unusual behavior. This derived diagnosis appears to be an entire result from male-studied data. Therefore, there is a lack of data that surrounds ASD’s effect on female counterparts. That is why there are years of misunderstanding as to what ASD look like in females. That is also true especially to those women experiencing a high functioning end of the spectrum.
A lot of females who received a diagnosis of ASD were more affected by the symptoms of the condition that mainly occurs during their younger age. These diagnosed females show lower IQ and suffer from extreme behavioral issues as well. Whereas in male counterparts, the symptoms do not often go severe and do not entirely require extensive treatment. In the recent study, there’s evidence that shows that even the brain processes social information differently based on the gender of a person. When males with ASD use a small portion of the brain to manage social situations, it lights up. However, for those males without the mental condition, the brain shows no significant changes. Meanwhile, in females, their brain will result normal and the same with those males “without” the ASD even though they are confident of having it. With that, the conclusion becomes a misdiagnosis on females’ apparent state.
Why Is That?
The indifferent result of both females and males with ASD is still unknown. There’s still an ongoing and follow-up research on the condition of both genders. However, in a more psychological approach, females tend to develop social skills more intensely and quickly compared to boys. Meaning, though these individuals are somewhat holding back in social connection, females will not entirely end up having severe social issues compared to males. Perhaps, it is something to do with sex hormones. Though experts are still trying to figure out things concretely, it is best to assume that males and females entirely different characteristics are what making ASD identifiable as of the moment.
Females’ Psychological Capacity
Females’ brain can work faster than their male counterparts. That’s why in most cases, these individuals are much better at mimicking and noticing various types of behavior. Significantly, although females know there’s something wrong with their mental health, they will still try and work hard to appear normal. They can set their brain in both working and resting state. With that mental capacity, their mental state diagnosis will not be adequate with the use of simple observation only. Mental health experts should also have to talk to them about personal experience in managing changes in their lives, particularly in socializing issues. With the unnoticeable symptoms of high functioning ASD, females tend to get diagnosed much later compared to males.
In the case of males with ASD, they are often not interested in surrounding themselves with a lot of people. These individuals don’t care about social connections and always believe that they don’t entirely care about other people. That’s the reason why they sometimes feel okay with their situation without friends and companions. However, for those females with ASD, it’s the opposite. They differ from social issues because they care to surround themselves with people. They often show a greater desire for social interaction and connection. These females still engage in regular communication like those other individuals “without” ASD.
In some cases, they can be too much. Meaning, these females can go intense or too sensitive on a particular subject. That is the reason why ASD in females goes unnoticed for so much more extended period and often gets misdiagnosed for a different disorder.