Digital Media Project

Hello everyone! So I emailed the autism awareness group on campus and I am awaiting a response. Having said that, I got to go to my practicum twice this week because I am picking up some extra hours. This week, I took some pictures of the room for you all to see.

Also, I had a suggestion to describe autism and some symptoms of it to clarify it for you all. I will try and give you the most common definition and symptoms. This is a definition that I received from google. “A mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts”. These symptoms were found on WebMD, difficulty with social interactions and relationships, difficulty with communication and/or nonverbal, and limited interests in activities or play. There are many other symptoms as well however, these are the most common. I hope this gives a better understanding to some of you who weren’t as familiar with autism.

This picture is of the sensory/take a break corner. It has a purple cloth over the light to give it a relaxing mood and has a fish tank for students to gave into. There is toys, stuffed animals, comfy chairs, and some interesting sensory objects like lights and lava lamps.

Many of the students go here to chill out when the school work and the socializing is too much. Sometimes, I see some of the students talking to stuffed animals or just gazing off into space taking a “brain break”.

My point of uploading this picture is that sometimes people with autism are overwhelmed in situations, especially socially. When they get caught up in their words or completely shut down in a social setting, many people who don’t understand autism or don’t know they are diagnosed with autism misread them. These students are not rude and are not trying to cause a scene, they just struggle to communicate at times. Reiterating my statements in previous posts, I believe that everyone needs to have a direct understanding and awareness of autism in order to give those with autism a fair shot.

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