Monthly Archives: February 2011

What got better with Age and What didn’t…

Something that I thought would get better with age but didnot, would be- My hyperactive nature.. I used to be and still am a hyperactive person. Sometimes I feel, its a good thing, because almost everyone who knows me, are used to my hyperactive nature. Whenever I dont sound all that hyper on the phone or a face to face conversation, they ask me-“hey are you fine today?” I’ll be like, “eyeaaahhh, why do you ask me this?”, and i always get this answer- “No, you sound very quiet today, so was making sure.” I always thought, with age and experiences in life, this would be one thing that would diminish, but hasnt yet. I am glad it didnot, because, at at least keeps people(who know me) on the edge ;).. They know, I’m upto something all the time ūüėČ


Something I thought would not get better with age, but did, would be- My level of acceptance. Till date, this process is still going on. And I haven’t still excelled in this. But accepting others the way they are has always been a tougher thing for me. But as and when I keep moving ahead, it gets easier, not to a great extent, but to some¬†of course. I am glad this is happening with me, coz that is one way life keeps moving, by accepting how others are. I usually accepted how I used to be. Because accepting myself also used to be a task, but then slowly, as and when new people come and stay in your life, accepting them also becomes more and more important. So yeah, this is something I¬†didn’t¬†expect at improving, but somehow it does by everyday, passing by. ūüôā

PostADay2011:Autism- Know them, to handle them…

I have always loved reading and understanding stuffs related to psychology. I used to keep reading about alot of child psychological disorders or even normal behaviors. Somehow understanding these individuals always was fascinating for me. In this post, I have mentioned about one of the readings :

Autism- A disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interactions and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old.

Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by raremutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines.

Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then¬†regress. Although there is no known cure, early¬†behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. ¬†Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful.¬†An¬†autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.

About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs.¬†Differences in communication may be present from the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of¬†babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and vocal patterns that are not synchronized with the caregiver. In the second and third years, autistic children have less frequent and less diverse babbling, consonants, words, and word combinations; their gestures are less often integrated with words. Autistic children are less likely to make requests or share experiences, and are more likely to simply repeat others’ words (echolalia)¬†or¬†reverse pronouns.


Let me give you an example: I used to be a teacher. It never had to be my profession. But due to some reasons, I was one. A very noble profession afterall.There was once, this student had just started coming to this institute of Math and Eng- Kumon. She was supposed to do her work in around 1/2 an hour. And trust me, she took around 2hours to complete this. Her paper consisted of simple additions like6+4=? , etc. While I was sitting there and watching if she started off with mentioning the time, I was amazed by seeing, that while her 1st qtn said 6+4=? she did write- 10. But she kept on writing the same answer throughout the whole page. Even after telling her, she did not understand. And she also kept on repeating the same answer verbally.

Such children and people need care, love and a little more attention. Understanding them is the only solution to know them. They cannot be treated, but always remember when all the doors close, god opens that one window of Hope. And for these individuals only their nerves are damaged, but their brains actually work faster than computers.

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