Connect with us

Thai Life

Balance Matters: Autism isn’t misbehaving

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

image
image

PHUKET: Robert, a 7-year-old boy, had been anxious about his upcoming trip for weeks. His mother’s job involved an overseas relocation and the family had to take both him and his older sister on a plane journey to visit new potential schools and houses, check out locations and all the usual rigmarole involved in moving countries.

Robert’s family had prepared him for the journey in the best way they felt possible, but at the boarding gate, he had a complete meltdown.

However, his mother was able to coax him onto the plane by using various strategies. After they settled down in their seats, the usual safety video was played, which set Robert off into another meltdown.

We have all been that person, getting upset about kids’ behavior on a flight, and possibly even wondering why they were allowed to get on board.

Do we ever consider, even for a moment, that the child may not be “spoiled” or “misbehaving”, and that it is not down to poor parenting or parental behavior? For the majority of us, probably not.

Most of us have heard about autism or autistic spectrum disorders, a complex neuro-developmental condition which now affects around 1 in 100 of the population.
]
You may first have become aware of autism through Dustin Hoffman in Rainman or even through gifted people such as Temple Grandin, who became a top scientist of humane livestock handling.

But how much do you really know about this condition and how it affects day-to-day life? Simply put, autism is a spectrum disorder defined by a certain set of behaviors that impact an individual’s ability to interact with the world around them.

Children with autism tend to display social and communication difficulties as well as behavioral difficulties such as anger, restricted and repetitive behavior, obsessions, intense preoccupation with certain activities or interests and sensitivity to loud noise, bright lights or physical touch.

We’re not here to harp on about causes or interventions for autism, of which there are many, but to simply bring awareness to human differences.

Let’s step back for a moment from our judgmental stance and be mindful and appreciative of people’s positive attributes. Let’s look at adjusting our own perceptions of what is normal.

Raising a child with autism is a stressful, challenging journey, and one that affects siblings, extended family and close friends. And to provide support to these people, Autism Support – Phuket is out on a mission.

We intend to bring autism awareness to the Thai and international communities of Phuket. Through education, shared experiences, empathy and enhanced relationships, we aim to support those touched by autism.

Join us on World Autism Day, April 2, for our support meeting.

Rita Dobson, MBPS, BACP, is a professional counselor with a graduate diploma in psychology and an MA in counseling from Monash University. Rita has lived in Southeast Asia for more than 20 years. She has been working with youths in community centers, schools and young offenders’ institutions, as well as supporting their families. Rita can be reached at rita@balancegroup.asia

— Rita Dobson

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 4,886 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand11 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Substandard masks, PM to decide on Omicron, lingerie worker demands | Dec 1

Southeast Asia12 hours ago

Vietnam to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from Thailand this month

Sponsored20 hours ago

Hungry Hub Bangkok Rooftop Festival 2021

advertiseadvertise
Southeast Asia12 hours ago

Myanmar junta likely to be temporarily barred from the UN, along with Taliban

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Hospital warns not all PCR tests properly detect Omicron variant

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand’s exclusion from US Summit for Democracy could impact foreign investment

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism12 hours ago

TAT predicts 500,000 travellers before 2022, 133,000 arrived so far

Thailand13 hours ago

Kanchanaburi park ranger reportedly stabbed co-worker, shot himself

Crime14 hours ago

Former Deputy PM Suthep indicted over construction contracts

Transport14 hours ago

New variant casts shadow over Thailand Motor Expo, concerns outbreak could affect the industry

Thailand15 hours ago

Thai porn industry, Forget about Pattaya nightlife, Hualampong station | Thaiger Bites | Ep.72

Transport16 hours ago

Cabinet sets aside over 5 billion baht to improve Bangkok’s public transportation

Drugs16 hours ago

Men arrested at Bangkok airport for allegedly smuggling drugs valued at 95 million baht

Thailand17 hours ago

Victoria’s Secret Thailand supplier faces labour abuse by laid off workers

Coronavirus World18 hours ago

Health officials say Omicron probably in the Netherlands prior to South Africa reports

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism9 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending