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CHILDREN WITH AUTISM - THEIR STRENGTHS

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  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain condition; where the brain hasn’t developed in a typical way. Although no two children with ASD are the same, they all face challenges in interacting and communicating with others. And they also have either a narrow range of interests or engage in repetitive activities.
We do not know what exactly causes ASD but most researches have shown that children with ASD have an early brain overgrowth, which means the brain grows faster than average and different parts of the brain don’t communicate with each other in a typical way.
  • Note that children with autism have many strengths and challenges and these might be individual strengths within our child’s on set of skills. You can use their strengths to enhance the development of your child.


The table below gives an overview that might help you find your child’s learning and thinking strengths.


Difficulty

Strength

Remembering and incorporating several details at once – for example, if your child is playing a card game that involves matching pictures on the back of cards and he can only turn over one card at a time

·         Rote memory or learning by heart

·         Remembering information for long periods of time

Understanding what she hears

·         Visual learning and thinking style

·         Ability to use visual information meaningfully

Thinking about things more generally or that aren’t in the here and now – for example, the idea of time, ‘We’re going to the park on Friday’, or the ability to think about dogs in general rather than a particular dog

Thoughts and actions that have strict rules, such as maths problems

Understanding vague instructions, body language or jokes

·         Concrete and literal activities

·         Understanding rules and using concrete information

Learning concepts, categories and classifications

·         Ability to learn in detail and in ‘chunks’

·         Ability to concentrate on narrow topics of interest

Choosing what to pay attention to, shifting attention to something new, maintaining attention (unless on a topic of special interest), and sharing a focus of attention with other people

Ability to pay attention to small details and keep up attention, when motivated

Learning language and communication through gradually expanding vocabulary and learning grammar rules

Ability to learn language in chunks (echolalia) by echoing or mimicking words or phrases.



  • Remember to keep encouraging your child in every way you can. Use your child’s strength as an advantage to him/ her. Never give up on their strength as it all takes patience.
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