A mom has recently shared her experience with a kind stranger who took the time to calm her autistic son.
And her story is so heartwarming...
Being a mom to a child with autism is no easy job...
But luckily there are people out there to restore your faith in humanity.
Autism is a life-long developmental disability.
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The condition affects how people perceive the world, and how they behave and interact in social situations and with others. It is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.
And it is incredibly common.In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in fifty-nine children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder here in the States.
There is a spectrum.
via: ShutterstockAnd, dependent on where a person sits on the spectrum, the characteristics of autism can vary.
All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues, or other conditions, meaning different people need different levels of support.
And, most importantly...
via: ShutterstockAutism is not a disease or illness, therefore it cannot be cured.
Autism is generally believed to be caused by genetics.
via: ShutterstockResearch has consistently supported the theory that autism tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child will develop autism. If a parent carries one or more of these gene changes, they may get passed to a child.
And it is definitely not a result of vaccines.
So all you anti-vaxxers out there can just pipe down, okay?
Anti-vaxxers have long blamed vaccines on autism.
But scientists have conducted extensive research over the last 2 decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism.
The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.
And there is no cure for autism.
via: ShutterstockAutism is not a disease that can be magically irradicated with a course of antibiotics. It is a social disorder with characteristics that, instead of being curable, can be managed and improved over time.
But at times, it can still be too much for parents to handle...
A mother has shared her story of the "hero" who stepped in when her son was having a "meltdown."
Forty-four-year-old, Natalie Fernando, from the UK was walking along the seafront with her 5-year-old son Rudy...
When he became agitated when it was time to go home.
Natalie said Rudy lay down while strangers began "tutting" and "staring" despite her apologizing for her son making "loud noises."
But a stranger called Ian stopped to ask if they were ok, before lying on the floor with Rudy and calming him down.
And people are in awe of his incredible response...
Natalie later posted to her Facebook page Better to be Different, where she shares the "highs and lows of life" with Rudy...
She said that Ian ultimately saved Rudy from having "a meltdown lasting up to an hour or more."
Praising Ian as a hero, she wrote: "I wish there were more of this man around and I am beyond thankful."
She explained that she'd taken Rudy for a walk to allow him to "express himself outdoors," before he began to have a meltdown.
She added that "short of gagging him, I'm not sure of an alternative."
The mother explained that Rudy "loves to walk, but he hates to turn around and walk back, we usually try to walk in a circuit to avoid this but on his favourite walk with the boats we have no choice but to turn back. This will often lead to a meltdown, one which I can normally handle, but on the back of two weeks out of school today was too much for him and me."
But that's when Ian came swooping in...
She wrote: "This man, my hero this morning saw my son on the floor and like any other person would assume that he was having a tantrum. He asked my little Roo what his name was and when I explained he didn't really understand and that he is autistic and has a host of other challenges making this part of the walk difficult he said, 'That's cool, I'll lay down with him.'"
"He then proceeded to chat with us whilst walking back to the car. I am so thankful to this chap Ian, I will not forget his kindness."
What an amazing guy!
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If only more people could be like Ian!
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