What is a day like in our house. To be honest, it probably isn't much different to anyone else's home, maybe a little manic seeing as there are seven of us in total and it's not a very big house. Two of my children have autism, one is 25 years old the other is 7 years old.
If you meet my 25 year old would you see that he is autistic? Maybe if it was a photograph you wouldn't be able to tell. If you came to our house or saw him in the street you might think he looked a little different, walked a little different, talked a little different. Would you know he was autistic? Maybe, I suppose it depends if you knew much about the condition. You would certainly pick up that someone was not quite typical about him.
If you met my 7 year old you'd probably have more trouble figuring out that she was autistic. She's immature for her age but so are a lot of 7 year olds. She looks like other children and plays games like other children. She gets obsessed over things, but then so do a lot of 7 year olds, she likes to be in control all the time, some may call it bossy. She sucks her clothes and messes herself and has problems drinking from a regular cup, would you notice, would you call it autism?
They say autism is the invisible disability. It's true that autistic children and adults do not have particular physical features, although I've heard people say they think they do. Having autism does not necessarily mean that you will have physical disabilities, maybe this is why it's called invisible? Autistic people can behave like any other person at times, maybe that's why it's called invisible? Anyone who knows someone who is autistic will know that the condition is very visible most of the time.
When both of my children were going for diagnosis the first stage was having them observed by professionals, they seemed to find enough evidence in their observations to warrant further investigation into autism.
Is autism invisible? It seems to me that it is more often visible than invisible and with more awareness people will view even younger children as being autistic and therefore unable to control their behaviour, rather than just seeing them as 'naughty'
I'd love to hear your views.