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Let's Talk: Autism

Hey there, everyone!

Welcome and welcome back to our Playground, where we take important topics and make them less you know....boring.


Today we’re going to be talking about.....drum rolls please *drrrrrrrrrr*


AUTISM!!!!!!!


For those of you that do not know, today is actually Autism Awareness Day. *gasp!*


I know, I know.....you forgot, you didn't know. It's okay, We forgive you...just don't do it again.


Back to the topic at hand, Autism. You know how we do things over here, we keep our topics light, fluffy and sweet...like cotton candy. So you best believe it's not going to be a boring lecture. We're going to make this topic fun and playful! or we'll do out best.



Now let's start off by answering the questions some of you may have, like:


"What is Autism?"

"Is it contagious???"

"How can it be treated!??"

"AHHHHHHH! Make a run for it"


First off, Relax.

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects the way people communicate, interact with others, and process information. But did you know that autism comes in different forms or should I say flavors? Yes, that’s right! Think of ASD like an ice cream stop, there are different flavors and colors. Similarly, autism comes in different ways that affect individuals differently.


Let’s start with what is commonly referred to as classical autism, think of this as the vanilla of the flavors. This type of autism is what most people think of when they hear the word "autism." It's characterized by delayed language development, repetitive behaviors, and difficulty with social interactions.


Flavors of Autism


Now let's move on to Asperger's Syndrome, or should we say our "chocolate flavor". This type of autism is usually diagnosed later in life, and people with Asperger's often have an average to above-average intelligence. They may struggle with social interactions, but they may also have a special interest in a particular subject or topic.


Next up, we have "strawberry", or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). This type of autism is a bit like a vanilla-strawberry swirl.

Individuals with PDD-NOS may have some symptoms of autism, but they may not meet all the criteria for a full diagnosis of classical autism or Asperger's Syndrome.


Finally, we have the "rainbow delight", or what is known as Rett Syndrome. This type of autism is rare and affects mostly females. Individuals with Rett Syndrome experience a regression in their development, meaning they lose skills they once had. They may also have difficulty with motor skills and coordination.


Diagnosis

"How is autism diagnosed?" You ask? Well, there’s no single test for autism.

Instead, a diagnosis is usually made by observing a person's behavior and development. Doctors will look for certain behaviors, such as delayed speech or difficulty with social interactions. They may also use a standardized assessment tool to help with the diagnosis.


It's important to remember that everyone with autism is unique and experiences it differently. Some people may have difficulty with sensory processing, while others may struggle with communication. But with the right support, people with autism can lead happy and fulfilling lives. And no, autism is not contagious, it can not be transmitted through contact.

In conclusion, autism is not just one flavor, but a whole ice cream shop with different colors and different flavors.


And with we are going to call it a day!


Thanks for clicking on the link.


Thanks for reading.


As always, stay playful.


Yours truly,

Play Therapy Nigeria

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3 commentaires


Ifeoma Charles
Ifeoma Charles
04 avr. 2023

Thank you for this

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Kaneng Robert
Kaneng Robert
04 avr. 2023

interesting...

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Iniobong Sam
Iniobong Sam
04 avr. 2023

Great article! This succinctly highlights what autism is and is not.


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