Thursday, March 26, 2009

Superhero to the rescue: An autistic story...

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Oh, it's just a spiderman. ;)I was drawn upon AP news “Thai fireman dresses as Spiderman to rescue boy” about a rescue of an autistic boy from danger of fall. Any attempt to get the boy was foiled... by autism. Ah, perhaps I’ve not been clear. ;) Please follow the story then.

In the news, it was the first day of school, the change of environment might have shocked the boy, thus ‘forced’ him to hide at the precariously high of school balcony. Any forced rescue might probably damage the child, not physically, but mentally, and it would be a long time before he might be trusting again.

So, when the resourceful fireman knew the boy loved Spiderman, he immediately went back to his fire station, changed into his Spiderman costume, and then went back to the school to rescue his “fan in distress”.

BTW, what is autism? Quoting Wikipedia: “Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour.” Meaning, “People with autism have difficulties communicating, forming relationships with others and find it hard to make sense of the world around them.” [AutismSpeaks.com]

It is best to get professional helps such as:
  1. Any government clinic or hospital.
  2. Lion's Resource and Education for Autistic Children a.k.a. REACh (http://lionsreach.net/index.htm).
  3. The National Autism Society of Malaysia (http://nasom.my.diip.net/).
  4. Persatuan C.H.I.L.D Sabah (Tel / Fax: 088-237 761 / 016-831 6952 E-mail: childsabah@yahoo.com)
  5. AutismMalaysia.com [Provides individualised home-based early intervention treatment programmes for children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.]
Raising an autistic requires enormous effort, skill, and knowledge not to mention love and the most important, patience. While we might watch in awe and respect of those who raise and live with the autistics, we can only imagine the challenges, economic and emotional impacts on the family...

In the end, I salute the parents and professionals who endure and care for autistic children, even love them, for it is, IMHO, among the hardest job in the world: to raise an autistic child to become a person. So, I salute you all, superheroes to the autistic children. ;)

Related link/reading:
http://www.teleautism.net/
http://www.autism.com/
http://www.myhealth.gov.my

2 comments:

DeePo said...

autism? haaa..i've met many parents with autism children.

well, in my medical knowledge that i've learnt in uni, autism children are not necessary someone that can't speak or think by themselves.

there are two types of autism

1. children that are too smart. I mean smart, they are really smart, genius. they are just like any normal person. with the exception, they are tooo genius. they have many God-given gifts, eidetic memory, good in math and so on. But, their weakness, might be lack of communication with surrounds people. they tend to lock themselves, do their own jobs. They might speak to other people, but lesser than normal person. they are also very slow learn how to speak.

2. children that are dumb. I mean really dumb. He can't understanding the world surrounds him at all. He does not know what's the meaning of this world. he's stupid in all school subjects. of coz it's very opposite with no. 1. and this one, it fits with the description as u mentioned above. this is the hardest to care of.

KY Chua said...

DeePo, thanks for the input. I wanted to put this in my post but it would become too long. ;)

1. Autism is a life-long brain disorder that is normally diagnosed in early childhood.
2. People with autism have difficulties communicating, forming relationships with others and find it hard to make sense of the world around them.
3. Autism is a spectrum disorder varying in symptoms, severity and impact from person to person and ranging from those with no speech and limited cognitive ability to those of high IQ and typically highly-focused interests and abilities. Repetitive behaviours are common across the spectrum, which includes Asperger Syndrome. This is a form of autism in which speech development and IQ are normal, but in which social disability can be compounded by depression or other mental health problems.
4. Some people with autism demonstrate significantly challenging behaviours; most need specialist support and care.
5. A distinction is made in assessing the needs of people with autism between those who have an IQ of less than 70, who are described as low functioning and classified as learning disabled, and those who have an IQ above 70 who are often described as high functioning.
6. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
7. In total more than half a million people in the UK have an autism spectrum disorder.
8. Autism affects people of all racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Source: AutismSpeaks.com