Monday, June 24, 2024

Autism is not a curse

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Tasmina Khan

Nature is diverse, attention to diverse nature. The variety of trees, animals, or landscapes always makes us think. Each prana is different, different in body, mind, outside, and inside. Similarly, some distinct characteristics are seen in autistic people. They are slightly different than other normal people. Differences can be seen in different areas. Sometimes it can be seen in conversation, sometimes it can be seen in their daily personal, family, social connections or interactions with friends and classmates. Many people have to get a lot of speed to complete their own tasks of daily life. But, autism is not a disease, it is a developmental disability. More precisely, it is a neurological developmental disability.

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How is autism?
So far, neither experiments nor scientific studies have been able to identify any specific single factor responsible for autism. Sometimes the cause is identified as genetic and in some cases it is identified as a non-genetic defect. In some cases other influences, such as the environment, have been identified as key factors. In many cases, genetic/non-genetic factors and environment have been shown to be the cause of autism. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) claims both genes and environment as factors. Factors that have been described as common causes in many studies are: genetic inheritance from a close relative, Fragile X syndrome, other genetic disorders, genetic mutations, children of older (older) parents, low birth weight, metabolic imbalances, polluted or toxic environments, Exposure to heavy metals, viral infections, or sometimes fetal exposure to various drugs, especially exposure to valproic acid or thalomid.

At what age do you know that someone has autism? Autism is usually diagnosed by age 18 months, sometimes even earlier.

How is autism diagnosed? There is no specific blood test, nor any other medical test, to diagnose autism. Usually a specialist team compares children with typically developing peers to determine whether someone has autism. That specialized team includes child psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists. Symptoms are used to determine what level of autism a child has and how much treatment is needed. Autism cannot be cured but it can be treated. And the sooner the treatment can be started, the faster the person’s development, and the more likely they are to lead a normal life in society.

Mental health and some true facts
Although the story is true, the names and places, times are completely fictitious.

Episode-1: Simon’s non-cooperation

Two-and-a-half-year-old boy Simon. Laughing and playing become the apple of the eyes of parents

Rising slowly. But Barbara’s only sorrow, why Simon does not listen? He takes chocolate when he gives it, he likes to say juice, how cute he flips the colored letters bought from the dollar store, he plays, but if he says, put it now, then he’s done! Throwing, alone will respond home. One day Barbara clearly heard from upstairs, Simon singing to himself, ‘Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day…’. But sometimes when someone asks something, he does not even open his mouth in front of anyone. An anxious mother runs frantically from hospital door to door, hoping for a cure. But to this day no one could answer, Simon’s voice was never heard by anyone but his mother. Forced to choose the path of diagnosis, the mother learns about her son’s autism.

Simon’s favorite is to eat rice with meat. When his mother put a handful of rice and a large piece of chicken on his plate, he licked off all the rice with both hands. But when given something to eat in the daycare, he cries and doesn’t eat anything. Why Simon? Barbara burst into tears. This morning she was telling Simon to put the toys in the box, but to her surprise, her second one-year-old, Rafael, started picking the toys out of the box, and Simon burst into tears, throwing the toys everywhere.

The harshest reality is to be faced when they go to a family party last night. The party is full of screaming children of Simon’s age. Until Rafael slipped off his mother’s lap and began to lead the children Simon’s age or older, but Simon somehow clung to Barbara, never letting go. Nanad Jaimi took this opportunity to say in front of everyone, ‘Don’t be upset, he’s dumb, so he can’t mix. Is everyone else the same? Barbara’s chest twisted and came out dumb cry. No, Simon is not dumb. He has heard Simon humming to himself countless times. But why is he silent in front of someone? Her husband, James, has never heard Simon’s voice until now, so James doesn’t believe him. Distraught, Barbara was going to the bathroom to wipe her tears when she heard her husband telling her sisters, “Barbara seems to be hallucinating.” I have made an appointment with a psychiatrist for him, but how to understand that! Whenever I go to say that Simon does not speak, he is your illusion; He is very upset and misunderstands me. Barbara came out of the bathroom and tried to convince everyone that Simon could actually talk! But how will he prove it? Finally pressured by the whole family, he agreed to see a psychiatrist tomorrow.

It’s seven o’clock in the morning. James was ready and kept pushing Barbara. The appointment is only an hour away. The daycare was not yet open, they were forced to leave with the two children. As he sits in front of the psychiatrist, the dashing Rafael becomes so mischievous that James is forced to take him for a walk. As usual, Simon clings to his mother. Barbara herself did not realize that Simon sang the rhymes beautifully while playing quietly with the chamber toys while letting the doctor answer all the questions! James returned ten minutes later. The doctor smiled and said, who is the patient? Barbarato is completely healthy! And Simon is not dumb! I heard him sing! James stared at the doctor in intense disbelief. The doctor just said that there are many treatments for autism these days. Behavior therapy is the most effective of them. give it a try Starting from that. Simon’s turn to show surprise…

Barbara’s eyes twinkled with hope. He started research after returning home. Find the names, addresses and service descriptions of several behavior therapists. After calling the receptionist fixed the appointment three days later. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. Barbara caressed Simon. For some reason, he started humming to himself, ‘Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day…’. Simon looked at his mother in surprise, and his deep-black eyes twinkled with delight.

It was Monday, and when the doorbell rang at exactly nine o’clock in the morning, Barbara rushed to open the door. As she opened the door, Barbara, BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) Rebecca’s beaming smile and greeting greeted her, leading her into the living room. Rebecca went on to say how observation, assessment, and treatment will be done for Simon. Forward the consent paper. After thoroughly explaining each step, Barbara called James and signed the first one herself. Why did James, as if he had no confidence in anything, sign without question as if to avoid civil war? Rebecca went on to say that she wants to observe Simon at home and at daycare. And handed over another consent paper to Barbara. Simon’s treatment will begin the next day when the consent is signed by the daycare. Rebecca went out the next morning to make a scuzzel.

The next day Rebecca wanted to go first to see if Barbara had any goals or goals. Barbara went on to say the huge list. In the conversation between the two, it was decided that the first three goals would be, 1. Calling ‘Simon’, Simon will respond (within 1-5 seconds), 2. Put away your toys after playing, 3. Small age-appropriate commands (eg, ‘come here’, ‘turn off the light’, ‘give me the toy’, etc.) will finish immediately.

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