You like to play with objects differently while I like turning them or listening to the sound they make for a long time…it comforts me. Sometimes you try to break my reassuring rituals and it irritates me. I hate change! And this is when I get frustrated, scream and cry and sometimes get aggressive.
I like it when you do things my way… the way I do it in my own peaceful world. I do not mind doing stuff your way… O.K. I do, I just need time to get used to it. As I told you, I hate change.
Nursery… I hated it at first. Too much noise, everyone crying, weird songs and movies, boring activities… Then they helped me get used to it. I made a friend, Jason. I play with Jason once in a blue moon; he’s a little bit like me.
He lives in his bubble with his violin, repeats frequently certain movements or activities, likes specific stuff, hates some textures but doesn’t like drawing and doesn’t get annoyed by sounds… it’s kind of weird.”
This is Kevin’s story, a special child with autism. Kevin’s case is different than Jason’s. Each story is special in its own way, each one unique. Therefore, early diagnosis and intervention is needed to be able to evaluate every child’s capacity and difficulties in order to choose the convenient intervention plan in speech therapy, psychomotor therapy, occupational therapy, and special education.
Invest in searching for your child’s abilities instead of focusing on their limitations. Because of autism, your child is capable of doing what no one else is able to do. Your child is extraordinary. Be proud of every achievement to encourage them to continue their one of a kind journey; to be able to dream and make their dreams come true.
-Written by psychomotor therapist Mabelle El Koreh-