Autistic Screeching: A Cry for Help from Children with Autism?
Here are a few statistics regarding autistic people:
Drowning ranks as among the leading causes of death of anyone with autism.
Only 19% had gotten support from a psychologist.
Only 14% had gotten counseling from their pediatrician.
65% of parents have reported that their children were abused by peers in some manner last year alone.
47% reported their autistic children being hit by siblings or peers.
50% reported their autistic children of being frightened by their classmates.
9% had been attacked by a group and harmed in the private parts.
12% reported their kid had never been invited to a birthday party.
6% were almost usually chosen last for teams in sports.
3% ate alone during lunch every day.
According to CDC, about 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are abused sexually before they reach 18 years old. In addition, a National Crime Victimization Survey reports that every passing two minutes a person is victimized sexually in the United States, and the number for persons with disabilities rise even higher. A study conducted in Nebraska of 55,000 children revealed a child with any sort of intellectual handicap was four times more prone to be abused sexually than a kid without a disability. While there exists no precise figures for people with autism, research indicates this population is very vulnerable.
A recent study by Vanderbilt researchers from Tennessee showed that autistic children were almost 2.5 times more prone than kids without ASD to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by age 8. Over 17% of those with ASD were reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by 2016, compared to only 7.4% of kids without ASD.
Tips for Preparing Your Autistic Child to Prevent and Combat Potential Abuse and Maltreatment
1) Practice Self-defense Techniques with Your Child
Your child most likely has learned never to say “no” at school. As a caring parent you have to teach your child that it’s all right to say “No!” to other students and adults.
2) Be Extremely Supportive to Your Child Everywhere and at All Times
Ensure your child understands that s/he may talk to you about whatever problem and concern, and that you will pay close attention to what s/he have to say. Provide encouragement and praise your child for disclosing events in his/her life, regardless of how trivial.
3) Erect Boundaries with Adults on What’s Acceptable and What’s Not with Your Child
Emotional abuse is just as harmful as well. Don’t let relatives, teachers, therapists, and coaches to belittle, make fun of, humiliate, or harm your child emotionally. Your child needs kindness, love, a ton of patience, and your unconditional protection.
4) Teach Your Child First Aid and Skills for Emergencies
Empower your child with the confidence that s/he can take care of him or herself and knows how to ask for help when required.
5) Never Doubt Yourself Nor Your Instincts
If you think there’s something wrong, you are most likely right! Don’t overlook these feelings. Follow through by speaking to someone who comprehends child abuse. Call the Child Abuse Hotline and report what you suspect or know, and act at once to protect your autistic child from potential harm.
No child, especially a special need child such as one with autism, should have to suffer verbal and physical abuse. Don’t tolerate such behavior from no one!