To a person with autism, the world we live in can be a confusing mix of events, people, places, sounds and sights.
Imagine if you suddenly woke up in a foreign country, and you could not speak the language. Then imagine you had no way of effectively communicating with the people around you. Further, imagine what it would be like if the people around you had a different set of social rules, like in the way they greet each other, and you were unable to understand what they were doing.
How would you feel? How would you react? How would you cope?
To varying degrees, this is how people with autism experience their surroundings on a daily basis. Sometimes, there seem to be no clear boundaries, order or meaning.
Their initial responses are often to find unique ways of understanding and coping with the situations in which they find themselves. As a result, they may behave and act in ways that may appear peculiar or even mischievous. These reactions and actions can isolate the individual from the world even further. Social interaction and communication are fundamental components of our daily lives, and it's on these constructs that our ability to connect with people and function in society hinges.
It's important to remember that when a child or person with autism exhibits challenging behaviours, it is not a choice—rather it is a reaction based on their struggle to communicate their needs, fears, or desires. At AEIOU, we support children by teaching them vital skills, including the ability to communicate, helping to ease their frustrations.