Amina Yusra –
Muscat, april 28 –
Autistic children need love and support. They need an abundance of respect for who they are because loving these kids is one thing, nurturing them is another.
I know a little boy with autism. He laughs and plays like any other boy. He laughs a little louder than usual. He doesn’t care a damn who is watching him. He just giggles away with a huge smile on his way and claps his hands with happiness.
I usually hear him making unusual sounds and running around most times. He is real and sometimes I wonder how these kids are just like angels. They are innocent and happy. Like this kid who doesn’t really care how others see him, how others think of him. He just goes about his business. And he is so happy doing it.
They need friends who can accept them just the way they are.
The Oman Autistic Society in Al Ghoubra is a pleasure to work with. Volunteering at the Society has made me truly believe that autistic kids are in no way different from the other kids, in fact they are much better.
They seek not the attention of all for they are happy in their own life doing what they want to do. The pleasure of giving them the love is immense. They are God’s way of telling us the real.
My interactions with the autistic kids makes me believe in angels and helps me to support and help these kids. It makes me jump with joy to see these kids soar and jump and make unusual sounds trying to communicate through their actions rather than words. Truly words are not needed when actions are enough. The kids have enormous love for all around them.
Their hearts are to love all alike. How pure their souls are that they do not compare nor distinguish between others. How beautiful their souls are complete in innocence. They are truly God’s gift. Treat autism not as a disability but as a special ability.
These are things autistic children want you to know :
My senses are out of sync: This means that ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. My environment often feels hostile.
I’m a concrete thinker: I interpret idioms, puns, nuances, inferences, metaphors, allusions, and sarcasm are lost on me.
Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate: It’s hard for me to tell you what I need when I don’t have a way to describe my feelings. I may be hungry, frustrated, frightened, or confused but right now I can’t find those words.
I’m visually oriented: Show me how to do something rather than just telling me. And be prepared to show me many times. Lots of patient practice helps me learn.
Visual supports help me move through my day. They relieve me of the stress of having to remember what comes next, make for smooth transition between activities, and help me manage my time and meet your expectations.
Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do: Like any person, I can’t learn in an environment where I’m constantly made to feel that I’m not good enough and that I need fixing. I avoid trying anything new when I’m sure all I’ll get is criticism, no matter how ‘constructive’ you think you’re being.
Love me unconditionally. Blessings to all autistic kids!