"I am not naughty, just misunderstood."
As I shared the above video during some of my talks, some of the kids commented that the video is scary. It is indeed. For a neuro-typical person, we are able to handle these stimuli. But for people with autism, they constantly face this. This is how my daughter Jessica feels at times when we put her in an environment that she is not familiar with.
From a normal person’s perspective, whenever we see kids screaming, wailing or crying loudly and think that parents do not know how to control their children's behaviour, it could be that the child has autism and is having a sensory overload.
People with special needs still have to face social stigma and it's not easy to be understood and accepted by society.
It has always been my passion to educate the public on special needs awareness on a professional and parent point of view.
After all, it takes an inclusive village of parents, educators and public to raise a child with special needs.
“Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome,” John Elder Robison, a scholar in residence and a cochair of the Neurodiversity Working Group at the College of William & Mary, writes in a blog on Psychology Today’s website.
He also added, “Indeed, many individuals who embrace the concept of neurodiversity believe that people with differences do not need to be cured; they need help and accommodation instead.”
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