Autismrefers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
At an early stage, the following are symptoms of autismin babies:
- Doesn’t keep eye contact or makes very little eye contact.
- Doesn’t respond to a parent’s smile or other facial expressions.
- Doesn’t look at objects or events a parent is looking at or pointing to.
- Doesn’t point to objects or events to get a parent to look at them
African parents still believe if a child is borne with autism or any other disability, is a curse to the society. Unfortunately, research shows 90 percent of parents who sire autistic kids, the fathers tend to run away leaving the mothers with the task of being the only caregivers.
Many individuals and organizations have come through to explain what autism is about and brush of the stigma in the society. The organizations educate parents to appreciate every kid and see potential in them.
ANDY SPEAKES is a Kenyan organization founded by Sylvia Mochabo a mother of two Autistic boys who is also the current MS ELITE AFRICA. She has tirelessly through her organization champion the rights for autistic children.
The fight for autistic children made her come with a show on signs TV that gives details on autism and show potential in autistic children.
American rapper Bruce Marshall Mathers who is known by his stage name Eminem is of the living testimony that disability is not inability .the rapper who is autistic, has beaten all odds to see himself as the first rapper the world has.as well put, words speak to your minds but music speak to your heart, through his singing and rapping Eminem helped a 5 year old autistic boy acquire speech.
Liam 5 year old autistic kid loved listening to Eminem songs repeatedly. When he turned 7, he decided his favorite musician was Eminem. He loved to listen to him rap. The mother downloaded all the clean versions of Eminem’s songs she could find and filled Liam’s tablet with them.Liam would listen to the same songs, repeatedly, all day. If it came on in the car, he would screech until everyone was quiet so he “could rap.” Little by little, he was getting it. If you’re a fan of Eminem, you know how fast that man can speak. He also speaks very clearly, and you can tell what he’s actually saying.
Therapies come in many different forms. Something that may seem like a kid just listening to music could be a child learning to speak better.To hear a boy who was once so hard to understand speak so clearly, so fluently and with such confidence — well. It commented quietly on how much Eminem’s music has helped him.
BY: SILAS ABBAS