In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 36 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism.
While it is essential to raise awareness and understanding about this complex neurodevelopmental condition, it is equally crucial to recognize and emphasize the person behind the diagnosis. In a world where labels and stereotypes often overshadow autistic individuals, it is important to shift our focus from the autism diagnosis to the person.
In reality, many parents often find themselves struggling to understand and embrace their child's neurodivergent qualities. They worry about their child's future, their ability to navigate the world and make meaningful connections.
In an exclusive interview with renowned professor, author, and speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, we had the opportunity to discuss how we can tap into our children's unique neurodivergent qualities to help them thrive in life.
Dr. Grandin also emphasizes on teaching autistic individuals practical skills and providing them with real-life experiences and highlights the power of shared interests which provide a natural and comfortable way for them to connect with others.
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