Monday, November 03, 2008

Autism

I applaud teachers and caregivers of autistic children for it is a challenge to guide and teach them.

Recently, I spent an afternoon mentoring these kids and by the end of the day, I was mentally and physically exhausted. The group of autistic children has boundless energy and have the most unexpected movements at all times: at one time, withdrawn and at another instant, engaging in some fights here and there. The teachers’ voices were hoarse, presumably from daily shouting at the children.

I cannot understand why some parents refuse their autistic children to be photographed.. yes I know its due to pride, privacy, fear of shame or ‘face’, but seeing some autistic children crying at not being to join their friends when it comes to the taking of group photos is sad. Parents of autistic children should accept their children for who they are: their children, treat them as normal children and acknowledge them as part of their family, acknowledge them as children to the world, thus they should just allow them to be photographed.

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