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Understanding the Unique World of Autism

Understanding the Unique World of Autism

By Francisca Amoakoa

Autism is a neurodevelopment condition that is characterized by challenges with social interaction, communication and then restricted or repetitive behavior. Such as flapping of hands, lining up of toys etc.

There is a wide range of autism spectrum disorders, and each individual is unique. Some people with autism spectrum disorders and each individual is unique and needs to be treated equally.

Some people with autism may have difficulty with social interactions, and repetitive behaviors. It is important to understand and respect the differences of those with autism in order for them to feel at home.

Despite its prevalence, there is still a great deal of misinformation surrounding autism, leading to misconceptions and stigmatization.
One of the key aspects of autism is its ranging spectrum.

While the term ‘spectrum’ itself suggests a continuum of characteristics, the reality is that no two individuals with autism are alike.’

The best ways to communicate and interact with people who have autism spectrum disorder are showing affection and showing respect to them.

‘’Parents should teach their special child about how to express anger without being too aggressive,” she continued.

Moreover, people should not use several languages in their houses because it could confuse a special youngster.

Due to their excellent observational abilities, children with autism have a remarkable eye for detail. They are effective at picking up cues.

They are renowned for their integrity, fidelity, and dedication.

When you show them that you care about them, they can focus and stay focused on their assignment.

According to the World Health Organization in 2021, one in 160 children globally had autism, compared to an estimated one in 59 children in the United States.

There are no easily available statistics on children with autism in Ghana.

Abena Owusu, the mother of a daughter with autism, claimed that in order to keep the child alive, she had to rebel against her husband.

About autism, there are myths.

Some are of the view that autism is a curse from lesser gods, so some parents take their kids to shrines and ask the fetish priests to appease the gods on their behalf with mashed plantains(3to).

Some people also believe that people with autism are “river gods’’.
Some parents leave their kids on the riverbanks with the belief that they would transform into snakes and return to their original homes.

A few organizations in Ghana support kids with special needs; a few include the Dansoman Special School, the Autism Ambassadors of Ghana, and the Hope setters Ambassadors of Ghana.

Fostering open conversations, raising awareness, and promoting understanding, we can create a more inclusive and empathetic world for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Furthermore, it allows us to dismantle harmful stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding autism, replacing them with knowledge and compassion.

By breaking the silence on autism, we pave the way for a more inclusive future, where diversity is celebrated, and every individual can lead a fulfilling life.

Let us work together to build world that embraces the differences of all its members, fostering an atmosphere of empathy, understanding, and acceptance for those on the autism spectrum and beyond.

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