Running Head: Autism
Having a child is a joyous feeling and happiness of parents but its very painful for family specially parents to know that their child is disabled. And having an autistic child is heartbreaking and devastating for family. There are many childhood developmental disorders but Autism is one of the most severe and complex. Being Autistic, child feels difficulty in communication and social interaction; they have restricted interest and activity. According to Mash & Barkley Autism is found in 1 out of 166 children and ratio for boys are four times higher than girls (Mash & Barkley, 2009).
Autistic children have variety of symptoms; common symptom is feeling difficulty in nonverbal behavior (eye contact etc) that regulates social interaction to the failure to develop a peer relationship appropriate to the age. They may also show unusual responses to sensory stimuli as observed by a lack of responses to pain or hypersensitivity to light or particular sounds (Zager, 2005).
Imagine a child, who can not speak, whose emotional attachment is limited, and whose behavior is marked by frequent unmanageable episodes of temper tantrums, self-injurious behaviors, and behavioral deficits (hyperactivity, short attention span etc). Now imagine being the parent of that child. Overwhelming, isn't it? It makes one wonder how having an autistic child affects a family? I have worked with autistic children and their families for two and a half years and in this time I have wondered about the above question. I realize that I grew up in a family that didn't know how fortunate we were to have four healthy children. This realization led me to choose autism for my paper. In search of an answer to my question to I turned to someone who could answer it, a...