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Two World's Apart 

By Melvin Hayden 

When it comes to autism, there are several factors that have a major impact on children diagnosed with autism. Below are two levels of awareness that impact the school more frequently than others: 

Communication Difficulties

Difficulty communicating is a first and subtle sign of autism. In infancy, an autistic child may not display the normal signs such as babbling or pointing. By age two, the possibility of them not speaking short phrases is evident. Considering this, it becomes common for frequent tantrums to occur while trying to communicate. When a child has no ability to communicate hunger, pain or preferences, it creates isolation and frustration. Children with limited communication rarely respond to their names. Parents or caregivers often go ignored. The child may appear to function in two modes: aloof and enraged.

Social Interaction Impaired

Social interactions for autistic children range from difficult to almost impossible. Many times a milestone can be achieved with constant direction, then experience regression when the consistency is decreased. Skill acquisition between stages 3-5 years of age experience the most regression. Afterwards children never develop the skills. Lacking empathy has been the most mislabeled within the discussion of autism among children. Their limited emotional range and poor emotional intelligence can make relating difficult. It is rare that a child with autism has no empathy. Expressing empathy, however, can be challenging though. There is a plethora of things that set autism apart from what we have known to be normal. However, this is the new normal and we should adjust to it. Above are just two things that help us understand how to continue to move forward with change.

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