There seems to be many terms used to describe an indiviual with autism due to the wide range of symptoms this brain disorder has. Which has led me to think for some time now if I must use one for my son, which quite often I am a bit hesitant to do because of my reluctance on labeling. But, if it came a moment where I had to, it would probably be according to what I have intensively researched-Mid functioning autism.
Why? Although, he tends to fall closer to the high functioning term but, then again not quite. He can also still display behaviors that some would place in the low functioning category. As mentioned through out my blog no indiviual with autism spectrum disorder is the same and that is no less true for my young man.
Now this can be quite confusing (to put it mildly) for folks whom come in contact with my son and his behaviors, some people might be quick to make their own assumptions and judgements due to his behaviors, age and hieght which is by the way quite tall. Many may not know anything or enough about autism and expect for most autistics to behave well, the same as an indiviual they might have seen on the evening news segment about autism.
To be quite honest stares from the public can be quite upsetting and their looks unfriendly. It is not difficult to read through their thoughts and questions. Questions such as “my goodness why is that man behaving that way? Why is he being so disrespectful? Why is he talking so loud?” or they may think to themselves “ That’s strange.” During some outings with my son there can be moments where the stares are endless and sad to say, times where they have even been scary especially when other men give my son looks of dissaproval.
Due to researchers and educators having a higher interest in children with low functioning autism then an interest for adults with autism. It is frieghtning to know that this sort of ignorance may linger on and our adults with autism can be more suseptible to suffering and possibly even danger because of the publics lack of knowledge and awareness about adults with autism and the many behaviors they often display.
It is up to us the parents, families, friends and educators of these beautiful people to spread the word, become more knowledgeble and spread the knowldedge of this often misunderstood disorder.
Regardless of what level of autism my son may or may not be in. I do what ever I can to make things better for him and first and foremost see him as the indiviual he is a wonderful, kind, charming, interesting young man.
Based on the research I have done on autism – High functioning autism (HFA) is a term in the autism spectrum disorder where the symptoms are less severe than a person with low functioning autism. Many individuals with high-functioning autism do not have the delayed language development. It has also been noted that people with HFA autism have average and sometimes above average intelligence. Still they may show behaviors that are similar to other levels of autism. Many of these indiviuals have an interest in others but can lack social skills.
Low functioning autism (LFA) indiviuals have more severe symptoms. They are more challenged mentally and limited in many areas, some experience siezures. They have more repetitive routines, body languages and expressions. People with LFA are more prevelant to self injurous and odd behaviors.