Our foundation was established
to develop autistic children.
Childhood Autism Foundation provides assistance-dog therapy for autistic children in Gennaro Verolino Elementary School. The sessions are held by Krisztina Nagy and Éva Tombor assistance dog trainers together with a special education teacher.
What do we offer to our supporters?
Supporters can display their names and logos on our website and in our video blog, as well. In addition, it is possible to present themselves with molinos and flyers during our thematic sessions for autistic children.
Please support our initiative if you can. Thank you!
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Autism is “invisible” to people in the sense that many affected with autism look normal like anybody else. Despite autism being one of the most common developmental disabilities, there is not enough information about it.
Isolation, unemployment and lack of education have been assumed to be inevitable consequences of the limitations imposed by autism itself. The inferior economic and social status of people with autism is not a consequence of the disability itself but rather the result of societal barriers and prejudices. As with racial minorities and women, only true acceptance can change the status.
Our foundation is asking for acceptance. Little by little we are changing the approach and our goal is to increase the potential of autistic people in many areas of life.
An insight to the everyday life:
Today however, we are hearing more and more amazing stories about children on the autism spectrum displaying talents and skills no one believed possible. Some develop computer applications, some play music with amazing talent and some non-speaking children display writing abilities that show a deep understanding of language and life.
None of the above means that raising a child on the spectrum is smooth and easy. The children present difficulties in a range of areas including medical care, sleep patterns and eating disorders. Parents with an autistic child have to be well-informed at all times. Their children show unique features on a broad spectrum and respond well to development sessions under optimum conditions. However, nobody can tell the pace of development and confirm if the results will be lasting. They synchronize their possibilities along with their child’s current condition in a tight moving space. Most parents are constantly looking for the newest formulations, treatments and access to them. As far as their knowledge is concerned, some have a striking advantage over those in the profession. They live a timeline that doesn’t leave them a rest; they feel the inner force to move forward; the develepment of the child against the urgency of time. In addition, they struggle with daily worries about the health and future of their children, high-priced development sessions and daily transport. There is such a pressure on these parents that consumes a lot of energy. It doesn’t help either that the origin of autism is unknown yet and the causes are currently being researched.
None of the above means that raising a child on the spectrum is smooth and easy. The children present difficulties in a range of areas including medical care, sleep patterns and eating disorders.
Parents with an autistic child have to be well-informed at all times. Their children show unique features on a broad spectrum and respond well to development sessions under optimum conditions. However, nobody can tell the pace of development and confirm if the results will be lasting. They synchronize their possibilities along with their child’s current condition in a tight moving space.
Most parents are constantly looking for the newest formulations, treatments and access to them. As far as their knowledge is concerned, some have a striking advantage over those in the profession. They live a timeline that doesn’t leave them a rest; they feel the inner force to move forward; the develepment of the child against the urgency of time. In addition, they struggle with daily worries about the health and future of their children, high-priced development sessions and daily transport. There is such a pressure on these parents that consumes a lot of energy. It doesn’t help either that the origin of autism is unknown yet and the causes are currently being researched.
Understanding and acceptation:
There is an increasing number of co-operation in which companies employ people with autism. There is a need for employers’ openness to hire people with disabilities to become socially accepted as workers. In these cases, sensitization programs precede the entry into work during which programs the autistic worker can get acquainted with their future colleagues and thus get closer together. However, the parties are currently “attending a training course”. Innovative-minded employers are open and job organizers are glad for every opportunity.
The best way to integrate the autistic employee within the employer’s organization is bottom-up. Ideally, this happens with the volunteer participation of colleagues. If this is the case, there is a greater chance of seeing a long-term cooperation.
Sensitization – which is a better understanding of healthy people towards the disabled – should be raised to social levels and started off in childhood to be successful.
Everyone knows sensitization tales; let us take only the “táltos horse” (“táltos paripa” – “táltos” typically refers to the power of the horse) in the Hungarian folk tale, who appears in the image of a lean horse in very bad condition and you need to know him to reveal his hidden abilities.
Getting your own experiences in childhood and adulthood as well, are the most determinative. A common play with a wheelchair user or helping a blind person across the road can give a lifelong example to follow.
Difficulties with social communication:
Individuals on the autistic spectrum can have great difficulty in understanding the social rules that are the norm for the rest of us. Individuals with autism may have little or no speech and they may repeat phrases without understanding them. Many people with autism can be very literal and can be confused by phrases such as “raining cats and dogs” or “full of beans”. Frequently there is no understanding of humor. Speech itself may sound mechanical or expressionless.
Individuals can experience difficulty in understanding facial expressions or body language and might not recognize when they have lost the interest of the listener. Those without a learning disability may have a full range of vocabulary but might still not understand the rules of taking turns to speak and listening.
Misunderstandings during social times at college or at work, such as breaks and lunchtimes, can lead to bullying and anxiety.
They might not understand that other people think differently to them and cannot relate to someone else’s happiness or sorrow. They can appear to say what they think with no regard to how it makes the listener feel.
They may have little or no eye contact with others.
A person with autism may not respond to the normal shows of affection such as cuddling; alternatively, people without a learning disability may be excessively polite; have learned to shake hands or hug but cannot determine when and for how long. They may learn the rules of social interaction without understanding them.
Impairment in understanding social interaction can cause substantial anxiety to people on the autism spectrum.
They might experience some of the following difficulties:
- Difficulty in understanding unwritten social rules
- Difficulty in understanding personal space
- Difficulty in recognizing how someone else is feeling
- Appear to behave inappropriately in public
- Shy away from the company of others
- Difficulty in knowing how to make friends
- Difficulty in understanding or using different tones of voice
- Difficulty in understanding jokes or sarcasm
- Taking things literally and misunderstanding idioms, e.g.: “It is raining cats and dogs”
- Difficulty in understanding slang, e.g. ‘cool’ or ‘pants’
People with autistic spectrum conditions often have particular strengths in:
- Following instructions
- Abiding by rules
- Being direct, open and honest
- Excellent memory
- Copying, imitating and mimicking
- Attention to detail
- High levels of vocabulary
- Precise use of grammatical language
- Clear, concise, and accurate communication
Problems with flexibility of thought:
The lives of people with autism need to be predictable and the individual may become very anxious or even aggressive if change is introduced without warning. Routines are very important. Many people with autism use lists to prompt them about what comes next and the need for the list continues even when those around them think the individual knows the task well. It is common for people with autism to have a keen interest in numbers, timetables or weather.
They might experience the following difficulties:
- Difficulty in predicting what will happen next, e.g. coming back home after going shopping.
- Difficulty in understanding the concept of danger and consequences, e.g.: crossing the road.
- Difficulty in using imagination and trying out something new
- Difficulty in planning for the future
- Difficulty in coping with unfamiliar situations
These individuals may be more likely to be adept at:
- Sticking to structured programs
- Working on projects with a clear beginning, middle and end
- Mathematical and technical abilities
Abnormal sensory responses:
People with autism can have overactive or underactive senses. They might be oversensitive to certain sounds, bright lights, textures, colors and tastes. On the other hand, they might have a very high threshold of pain and appear to not hear what someone is saying, nor see what someone is pointing out.
An individual with autism might also experience difficulties with spatial awareness and with balance. This means that rooms might feel smaller or larger than they actually are. It can also explain why some people with autism might rock, sway or spin.
Some behaviors an individual with autism might display:
- Covering ears
- Flapping fingers
- Rocking, swaying or spinning
- Refusing to put on certain clothes
- Refusing to eat foods of a certain color
These behaviors may manifest themselves in the following ‘positive’ characteristics:
- Seeing and remembering small details
- Acute auditory memory
- Discriminatory sense of smell and taste
- Acute sense of balance
Each person with autism will experience different levels of the above difficulties and qualities. Some will experience certain challenges, others might experience a different set of difficulties altogether.
Therefore, any support intervention or approach must put the individual’s specific challenges, strengths, needs and wishes at the center of any support program.
Diána Vágó – Curator
Mother of a son diagnosed with autism. She is a human resources manager and business economics expert graduate.
Tamás Bujdosó – Founder
As a founder, he wants to take responsibility for improving the life quality of families affected by autism. He is a computer science engineer graduate.