GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT wrote:
I get the opportunity to travel to another country to help families who have children diagnosed with autism. In order to help these families, I will be implenting applied behavior practices to each client's individualized service plan. Individuals who are diagnosed with autism function at a lower stage than their chronological age. They have difficulty in their communication/ language, social and daily life skills. They also have difficulty in engaging in eye contact and cannot tolerate certain stimuli in their environment which includes certain sounds, and sensory, anything they can touch. They also enage in fixation and stereotypies which can include hand-flapping, stacking items in order and any repetitive behaviors that is self-stimulatory. Applied behavior analysis is a practice of research and data-driven principles used to teach individuals specifically with autism through motivation. Applied behavior analysis helps to determine the function of why a behavior occurs. Autism itself is the same no matter where you go, so what makes this trip different? In the United States if parents are looking for services for their child services are easily accessible, although some may have a waiting list. Families eventually can get services through Medicaid or private insurance. In places like the Dominician Republician however, services are limited and not affordable. Everyone should have access to reach their full potential! I've always imagined giving back but never in a global capacity. Since working in this field seemingly 1 out of 5 people tell me, "I have a family member or I know someone who has autism, what are the signs I should be looking for?", then they start to open up and share their story with me. Bringing awareness through being informative and sharing that information with family, friends and my current families is one way I give back. Parents go through a lot dealing with their autistic children and I want to set families up for success so that the childrens skills can eventually become generalized.
Everyone has a burden for something, whether that is helping women, men, single parent homes or children; my burden is the autistic population. I believe these families get taken advantage of, and they need advocates to help them get their voice back in their homes, schools and society! It is amazing how just one person can bring positive change by being a positive change in their enviornment. I need your help to make this possible! Help me to be able to bring my skills to a family in need, where resources like what I do, are limited or not afforable.