One of the challenges faced by Dhruv is language comprehension!
Human beings are born with an inherent capability to lie. Now, before you go all moralistic on me and say,” What nonsense, I never lie” I can show you a zillion instances where we lie….we don’t call it lying, we call it being diplomatic or politically correct.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr Seuss
Most of us at some point in our lives have met people who are clumsy or uncoordinated. They may have bad handwriting, cut vegetables in a very untidy manner, not be able to learn driving or may not be able to catch a ball to save their lives.
From time immemorial, dads are expected to bring home the bacon while moms are seen in a more nurturing role, caring for the family and bringing up the children. A mom could be running a company, yet she would be the one to figure out what’s for dinner or help her child make a chart for his science project.
There is a memory that is etched in my brain. I was in school and had fared miserably in my bete noire Physics. I have always been a dreamer so while I loved English and History, the Sciences remained a mystery to me.
Haircuts! One of those things in life which we take for granted. If you need a haircut, you just go to your preferred hair dresser and get one, that’s about it, no big deal. Yet for individuals with Autism, getting a haircut can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if they have sensory issues.
A few years back Gopan and I got a chance to attend a workshop on Autism conducted by Dr Wenn Lawson. What was so special about him ? He had travelled across the globe to conduct the workshop and he has Autism !
It is yet another World Autism Awareness Day though for most Autism families, it is just a regular day in their lives. However, as an Autism parent I am thankful that at least once a year people think of Autism and Autism awareness is setting in however slow the process maybe. A lot of parents are struggling with their kids in this phase of lockdown. Kids with Autism struggle much more as their routines go for a complete toss and they find it difficult to fathom what is going on.
We are going through some really difficult times and it is tough on all of us especially our kids and more so if they have special needs and need a routine.