Symptoms and signs of autism appear in a child when he/she is very young. Autism cannot be completely cured, but with therapies and support from non-profitable groups like Autism Connect, people with autism spectrum disorder can recover from their symptoms and lead quality of life.
Producing suitable facial expression is an important and a pleasant social interaction! A smile shows interest while a frown displays indifference, but people with autism have a problem in demonstrating appropriate facial expressions, or may remain expressionless or give looks that are difficult to interpret. Thus, people with autism spectrum disorder have more trouble making spontaneous expressions than intentional ones.
Most people with autism have difficulty understanding facial expressions and deducing the ‘body language’ of others. They also cannot produce appropriate facial expressions in the right situation and sometimes give ambiguous looks. People often take things the wrong way as they do not use the right body language.
They are also less likely to mimic others, use their expressions or judge their facial expressions as they find it odd or difficult to interpret.
If not understood, a person with autism spectrum disorder feels frustrated and may display physically aggressive behaviour such as:
- Throwing objects
- Hitting or biting other people
- Banging their own head on the wall
In today’s connected society, parents have easy access to a variety of communication apps (mobile devices including iPads), books, special schools and an online forum that are specifically maintained for children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Connect, an online forum for kids with autism, offers a list of autism related Books and Apps.
Special Needs Classroom
Parents and caretakers want their children to be part of a typical to learn how to behave appropriately in a large group. They prefer typical classrooms where the kids may not suffer from bullying and teasing. At the special schools,children with autism blend within the environment created by teachers who are highly trained and experienced in teaching children with special needs. As the classroom has a smaller or limited group of students, the teachers have the opportunity to work on social skills apart from normal school activities and events.
Special need classrooms are intended for children with typical social development issue who face a tough time with academics. Children with autism have exactly the opposite problem: they are comparatively comfortable with academics, but find maintaining social skills a tough task. Thus, the programs offered in the special needs classroom help the kids to gain social skills as well.
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A special need classroom offers support, such as intensive speech and social skill training, visual teaching aids selected for students with autism. Just like other educational schools, the autism support classrooms also include general school activities such as recess, daily assemblies and sports.