Low functioning/severe autism about to shine
September 12, 2017
There’s undoubtedly a great need for autism awareness and acceptance, especially when it comes to the less popular yet more common side of the spectrum. Some call it low functioning or severe autism, but I don’t like either of these labels… It’s great that there are TV shows including characters with ASD, but it’s either Rainman or Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, if you know what I mean. No one has ever made a movie or a show about a nonverbal, overly stimulated child who is “stimming” nonstop, often gets aggressive out of blue and regresses to pull ups due to some changes in routine or life circumstances… It’s not attractive or witty and entertaining like the high functioning autism. I get it. That’s why an average Joe who gets their knowledge and awareness on the subject of
autism/ Asperger thinks autism is not so bad. So a kid may be a bit socially awkward and explain things in a scientific language to a finest detail. What’s the big deal, right? They are super smart, creative, etc… Well, that is a small percentage of the ASD cloud. Correct me if I’m wrong. And even people with Asperger or so called high functioning autism struggle with sensory overload and many other things that are rarely, if ever, mentioned in the shows.
I have decided to step up and do whatever is in my power to shine some light on the “ugly” autism. It is not to gain pity or popularity. I want the world to know what more common autism really looks like. It affects 1 in 46 kids in the USA alone. Families like ours hardly ever get to leave their house to enjoy a nice meal in a restaurant or take the kids to a movie… family reunions mean being in a constant state of the high alert, keeping a kid in a very close proximity, shielding him from any curious looks or well meant questions about his odd behaviors, etc.
God willing, my special project of educational videos will come to live very soon. It will be a series of short clips showing and explaining the hidden autism. The autism you don’t get to see because of too much anxiety and fear involved. The autism that no TV show or a movie want to include in a script because of its unattractiveness… The more open and honest I have been sharing our story, the more people reached out to me, sharing their struggles that are very similar to ours – living in constant fear, exercising faith and hope despite a dark reality, choosing not to go out in public to spare yourselves from curious looks and murmuring…
I hope that through my contribution to autism awareness we will reach more people who are currently ignorant on the subject of autism, and therefore don’t know how to approach it when they see it. This is more crucial now than it has ever been.
Keep us in your prayers and feel free to contact me with your comments, ideas or questions.
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