The Face of Autism

She looks perfect doesn’t she? By Trish S.

This is the face of a girl who desperately wants to make friends, but doesn’t know how approach people or start conversations.

This is the face of someone who doesn’t know how to respond correctly in a lot social situations

This is the face who knows what she feels, but just can’t come up with the words to express it.

This is the face of Autism. Claire is affected by Asperger’s. She is considered to be “high functioning” and has always blended in at school academically. There has never been a need for special Ed classes. She is actually extremely intelligent and quite hilarious at times. Today when I got home from work, she told me that no one talked to her at school today. She felt ignored by some girls when she tried to speak to them. My little girl is so hurt and my heart aches for her.

Did you know????

Asperger’s syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness.

People with Asperger’s do not withdraw from the world in the way that people with an autistic disorder do. They will often approach other people. However, their problems with speech and language in a social setting often lead to isolation.

Their body language may be unusual.

They may speak in a monotone, and may not respond to other people’s comments or emotions.

They may not understand sarcasm or humor, or they may take a figure of speech literally.

They do not recognize the need to change the volume of their voice in different settings.

They have problems with eye contact, facial expressions, body postures, or gestures (nonverbal communication).

They may be singled out by other children as “weird” or “strange.”
People with Asperger syndrome have trouble forming relationships with children their own age or other adults, because they:

Are unable to respond emotionally in normal social interactions.

Are not flexible about routines or rituals.

Have difficulty showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people.

Do not express pleasure at other people’s happiness.

PLEASE Parents, I beg you!!!! Talk to your children about embracing others who are different!! Explain that they need to have friends and be accepted too. “Different” people have feelings and hurt too. One day your family may be affected by Autism/Asperger’s. How will you want your loved one to be treated???

If you’re a teenager reading this, how would you feel if this was you or your brother or sister??

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