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Carol Jones, Parish Nurse

Carol Jones

April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, the focus is sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that creates significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. For some the diagnosis comes as early as 18 months and as adults for others. This delay means they might not get the tools they need to navigate their world. Characteristics of ASD might include unusual reactions to smells, taste, touch, sounds, conversation, temperatures as well as:

  • Resisting being held or cuddled
  • Behavior patterns that are repetitive
  • Avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
  • Unusual language development
  • Unable to play “pretend games”
  • Difficulty in understanding or managing emotions
  • Trouble adapting to new routines
  • Difficulty in social interactions

My grandson was diagnosed with ASD at 18 months. He faced many challenges, but he is doing well now. One thing I learned through his journey was to empathize with parents who have an “out of control” child; I wonder about ASD.

In response to judgmental comments, I heard a mom say, “He has autism, what is your problem?”

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

 

—Peace & Wellness
Carol Jones
Faith Community Nurse

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