Educating All

It is a known fact with any disorder when a person is upset, stressed or under duress, the behaviors associated with the disorder become more pronounced. When reading this article – the police department’s frustration (rather than compassion and understanding) comes across…

“the victim’s autism has complicated the police department’s investigation into the robbery because the disorder affects his communication skills and memory. “It’s difficult communicating with him period. Then, the fact that we’re going to have trouble with the memory aspect is going to be a factor, too, given the fact that there were no witnesses.”

I am excited by this article because it has brought me new awareness. We have to go beyond educating the teachers and caregivers and begin to educate other “givers” that will play a part in our children’s lives as they grow, such as police and firefighters. Visual tools and communication strategies need to be implemented and/or called upon in this instance as my heart goes out to the 16 year old boy who was robbed. The wallet is miniscule compared to the trauma this boy has been through and will continue to endure for some time.

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