Advantages And Disadvantages Of Autism

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The other disability I am going to shed light on is that of autism. What both of this disabilities have in common is the lack of communication skills developed, in terms of the written sense for a dyslexic and in the speech and language sense for an autistic child (youtube). This is where art can be used as a successful tool in helping them to create better self esteem and confidence. Autistic children along with having speech difficulty, can also have signs of repetitive compulsive behaviour, struggle with social situations, and trouble processing sensory information (such as hypersensitivity to sounds or touch (The value of art therapy for those on the autism spectrum, 2017, para. 1.)) Like dyslexic’s, autistic children are also visual learners, they like to think in pictures (The value of art therapy for those on the autism spectrum, 2017, para. 3.) With the daily struggles of trying to communicate their ideas though the written word or speech, having the ability to use imagery to show how they are feeling or the ideas they are trying to convey can be a release for a child (The value of art therapy for those on the autism spectrum, 2017, para. 4.) Along with the ability to find the arts as a communication mechanism, it can also be effective for helping the child to deal with social interactions with their peers in the classroom setting (The value of art therapy for those on the autism spectrum, 2017, para. 6.)These children with differences can learn so much from their peers, and putting them in a comfortable setting such as an imaged based activity in small groups can really help with an autistic child's ability to learn cooperation, turn-taking, and the concept of respecting differences.

The awareness and care that is now available to children who have disabilities has not always been so accessible. In the early 19th Century people that displayed sighs of a disability in the United Kingdom would be sent to housing institutions, received little to no education and where hidden away from society (Dossetor, White, Donna, Watson, Lesley, 2011, pg. 178.) I believe this was because of the lack of research, knowledge and understanding about the different causes and effects of an individuals disability. A
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