Spectrum and its power

Spectrum, in its general term, is defined as a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary, without steps, as a continuum. Rainbow - a spectrum of colors, Electromagnetic spectrum- a range of frequencies, visible spectrum- a range of light, and so on. This analogy has now been applied to areas outside the optics. Starting from opinions such as the spectrum of political opinions, the spectrum of feelings, emotions, etc., etc. to medical diagnosis.

Autism in the same way is a  brain developmental disorder but it varies in range and severity from person to person. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms are different in each person. According to research, 1 in 59 children in America is estimated to have Autism and it is 3 to 4 times more common in a boy than a girl. Characteristics of Autism fall into two categories: 1. Social Interaction and Communication Problem 2. Restricted and repeated patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities. 

There are hundreds of articles online as well as offline to help identify, observe and deal with the issue so this article will not touch on that. But in a general sense, we as humans have hundreds of emotions, feelings, moods, and behaviors. If we observe ourselves, we all have a spectrum within us that makes us complete. If we can accept ourselves then we should not have any problem accepting the child with spectrum related to brain developmental disorder. Yes, the road can be challenging as it takes time to understand, adjust and act but as we all know

"Being challenged in life is inevitable but being defeated is optional".
So whether you are a parent, friend, spouse, guardian, or an Autistic person yourself, always remember that you or your ward are complete individuals in themselves. All they need is a bit of support, encouragement, and awareness, maybe just a little more than others.


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