Our daughter is now 28 years old and looks stunning and unless one talks to her it is difficult to make out that she is autistic. Even a neurologist asked who is the patient when we trooped in to his clinic till she blurted out! We have to battle out convulsions as well. Loves to walk in the beach or park. Does Yoga exercises to keep fit and attends group sessions thrice a week under a yoga master who is a good motivator and well wisher.
We emphasise training in household duties to become self-sufficient rather than make them go out for earning. These autistic persons have practically no money concept and can get easily duped and misled to perform unwanted actions.
Autistic persons in general can excel in a specific subject and one has to find out what it is. Our daughter named Aishwarya is a big performer in assembling complex jigsaw puzzles. It is her hobby now. We have trained her to cut vegetables, cook in micro-oven, usage of washing machine and vacuum cleaner.
Handling gadgets is easy for autistic person provided operations are not complex. Simple functional rotary switch or touch screen with visual aids help them perform standard operations. More visual and less verbal promptings can work.
Autistic persons look for perfection which does not exist in this world. We have to FOCUS on them giving up our priorities. If you do this then NO could become YES and chances of working together a schedule brightens. We are willing to share our experiences. Mother of Aishwarya also studied special education and worked on early intervention programmes in a leading centre.
But currently there is no answer for What, When and Why on causes Autism. Let us co-exist and face the world - Parents should be in tight bond while coping with stress in upbringing of an autistic person. Look forward for more and more positive exchanges!