Autism Essay

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There were so many emotions that came up as I watched the video, from sad to helpless, and empathy. I empathize with the parents because it has to be very traumatizing and heart wrenching to know that your child will always have this “special need” for the rest of their life. Many of the mothers in the video had many financial struggles as a result of autism. Although it is very evident that each mother truly loved and appreciate their child you can see that it is very tough for them to cope and adapt to their lifestyle that is revolved around caring for a child struggling with autism. Most of the mothers have experienced rude and bewildering looks and questions from other parents who do not understand the dynamics of autism, they also shared a common bond with the other mothers because the mothers of autistic children can understand and sympathize with the demands of the autistic child. Many of the parents were exhausted, drained, tired, helpless, heartbroken, and alone. Working outside the home is virtually impossible because their autistic children needs constant supervision and care. This in turn leads to the fathers of the children to be the sole supporter which puts more strains on the relationship/marriage. I felt that the children were very lucky to have mothers who cared so much and was more than willing to go the extra mile and to continually love and support them. I felt sorry for the mothers because they really looked sad but brave. I read an article that many disabled children are at an increased risk of being abused and mistreated because of their disabilities and the strains it puts on the families involved. But these children were very well loved and taken care of. One mother said her entire day is dealing with therapists and specialists and many doctor appointments. These children were a bit rambunctious but somewhat mild mannered. It is evident that they do have many “meltdowns” that are not understood by strangers when they are in...
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