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Living with Autism

Living with Autism

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Published by: matuazon on Dec 20, 2009
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Impact of Autism 1RUNNING HEAD: Impact of AutismLiving with Autism:Impact of Autism on the Network of CareMichelle Anne LapuzMary Anne TuazonEva Marie WangUniversity of the Philippines 
Impact of Autism 2
This field study aimed at exploring how individuals with autism affect the different aspects of the lives of their families, and how society perceives them. Society’s perception of autism isinfluenced by films, two of which that were analyzed were consistent in portraying individualswith autism to the symptoms presented in the two primers that were content-analyzed. Interviewsof six parents, five siblings, and seven intervention professionals provided insights on their  perception of, attitude towards, and dealing with affected individuals. Attribution, attitude andhow the parents come to accepting the situation were the key factors that determine how thefamily deals and collaborate in the intervention program.
Impact of Autism 3Impact of Autism on the Network of Care
 I have known that you and I  Have never been quite the same. And I used to look up at the stars at night  And wonder which one was from where I came. Because you seem to be part of another world  And I will never know what it’s made of Unless you build me a bridge, build me a bridge, Build me a bridge out of love…(McKean, 1994)
A world of their own or unbreakable silence: these are the common notions linked to thecondition of individuals with autism. Individuals with autism seem to have their minds drifting insome distant place and there seems to be no way that one can reach and take them back, or rather to bring them to the world as we know it, because in the first place, individuals with autism seemto have never been part of our world. They laugh and cry for apparently no reason or if there is,we don’t know why. One outstretches their hand yet no matter how tight one’s hug is, anindividual with autism doesn’t seem to feel it and be the same way back…People have vague and oftentimes wrong ideas about autism. The general public seemsto be clueless what autism really is and what it takes in dealing with the condition despite the factthat there are many families and individuals affected by the condition. In every 10,000 births, itis likely that 15-23 are born with autism (Entienza, 1996.) And yet the understanding about

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