THE DISCUSSION ON AUTISM
Today (Thursday 23rd February 2017) the normal PPG meeting was replaced with an Autism Awareness Event.
The guest of honour was Johnson Oredein from the Tower Hamlets Autism Service. Also in attendance were sufferers of Autism, Parents and Families of those with Autism. From the Blithehale centre was Dr Macklin, Chris, Kate and members of the PPG.
After the usual introductions, I apologised for the wrong date on the blogsite for this event (well even we can’t be perfect all of the time!)
As Johnson went through his presentation, he was bombarded with questions and case examples continually, and what came out was quite surprising.
Autism is believed to affect around 1 in 86 people, and is believed to be most prevalent in enclosed community groups, eg the Jewish Community.
Things which seem normal behaviour to others normally, can cause problems for someone with Autism. Likewise there are many problems that Autistics will face.
Some examples which came to light were:
- Eye-to-eye contact causes discomfort.
- Unexpected sounds cause concern.
- Changes to daily routines cause confusion.
- Bright or flashing lights cause discomfort or pain.
- Difficulty in Multi Tasking. This causes confusion.
- A driving wish to make detailed notes on a particular subject or activity.
- Noticing quiet background noises others can’t hear.
- Difficulties understanding sarcasm – and the list goes on.
An interesting phrase was pointed out: ‘Nobody just has Autism’. This is simply due to the fact that no two Autism patients are the same. The symptoms are different in every sufferer. Autism will also combine with other conditions, such as ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome, to name but two.
It was pointed out that schools need to improve the training of teachers in dealing with and identifying Autism.
Then Johnson and the more experienced sufferers helped those whose children have recently been diagnosed with Autism with advice, and general discussion ensued which we hope has given help where it was needed.
It was agreed all around that the Event was highly successful, and we thanked Johnson and everyone for attending.
Tower Hamlets Autism Services can be reached by:
020 3487 1312
Tower Hamlets Autism Service
51 Three Colts Lane
I am expecting THAS to send me an electronic version of their leaflet, and I will publish it as soon as I can.
The next PPG meeting will be on:
Thursday 30th March 2017 at 12.30pm