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The social, communication and learning problems that autistic children present are not always easy for parents to handle. In many cases, the relationship parents have with their autistic children it is as enigmatic as the one that science still has with autism.
I have read an article in a Costa Rican newspaper about this, and I truly believe that not even a parent could understand the situation of a family of autistic children, if they have not experienced the same circumstances.
Like all children Luis, 6, and Bryan, 3, were the most desired children in the world at birth. One has severe autism and the other mild, respectively. Their parents, who live in Costa Rica, love their children but feel powerless because they cannot know what is wrong with them, what they think, if something hurts, since expression is practically absent in the lives of these children.
Luis opens his mother's hand and puts a glass on it. His mother knows he wants something, she asks him what it is, and Luis's response is screaming, and blows on his own knee. Luis wanted water, but he couldn't say 'Mom, I want water'. It is not easy for him, although specialists say that autistic children can speak, that they hear five times louder than us, but that it has to be when he wants. When? Up to 19 months of life, Luis's development was normalBut later he began to reveal signs that it was something different: he covered his ears, walked on tip, flapped his wings, and no longer played with other babies.
Since then, an intense endurance race began, to get the child to improve before the age of five. Luis learned to follow short instructions, like 'give me the glass', to ride a bicycle, and to go to the bathroom alone, but he did not speak. The parents tried different treatments, and nothing. Little by little the child was losing skills, forgetting the instructions, and still did not speak. His parents don't hang up their gloves. Your children need you. The mother had to quit her job to dedicate herself 24 hours a day to ensure the well-being of her two little ones. She draws strength from her own children, in a hug, in a look, in a kiss ...
Living with an autistic child requires patience and a willingness to go a long way towards understanding. They are unpredictable and very dependent children. Parents also worry about the day they are gone, what will become of their children, if they will be able to work and fend for themselves.
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