Exploring the World of Autistic Child
What do you really know about autism?
Are you willing to move one step forward to know about their world?
Multi-talent artist – Ronn Jim
Ronn Jim, 30, a multi-talent artist. “Growing up as an autistic has never been easy.” Jim said. Ronn spoke about his own experience of expressing ideas and thoughts through the medium of art, especially painting. More than that, he hosted a painting exhibition at the University of Hong Kong in April 2015.
Ronn's artwork call out an unity and harmony of all cultures, creeds and leanings. "Equality creates a happier place for all of us." This is the message that Ronn feels very strongly about and wants to share with the world. He hopes his paintings can make people have more reflections on little things in daily life, as well as to raise awareness of people of minority groups.
“I hope anyone with autism can have the confidence to not just survive, but to thrive in life.” Ronn said.
Talent in Music – Clarence Kang
Clarence Kang , 17, an autistic savant with an extraordinary talent in Music
& Art. Kang's mother, music teacher Joyce Lim discovered her son was autistic when he was four. According to her, Clarence's affinity for music was apparent when he was two years old. He liked to sit around the digital piano, later learning to play it on his own, playing by memory and improvising songs.
Clarence's skill in playing the piano is definitely above norm. He started formal training in 2008 but within two years he is able to play many technically challenging pieces. Clarence is an autistic savant who shows prodigious skills. He has the ability to play an entire concerto on the piano after hearing it and without the needs of any piano scores at most of his performance.
Joyce recalls that Clarence, the youngest of her three children, liked to hold on to her hand since he was young, even when she was driving. "I could feel his insecurity," she said. “This is supposed to be the inner voice of autistic kids. I hope the public will understand them because they do have a lot of feelings, but it's difficult for them to express them verbally,” she explained.
“I wouldn't change the fact that he has autism, it is part of him and it makes him who he is. Society seems to want to normalize children, but we want it to be accepted that Clarence is different.” In order to let society know about special children, to understand, to care and to give them more opportunities, Joyce tries to let Clarence accept as many invitations to perform at charity events as he can manage.
” It’s meaningful to let the public know ‘Different isn't worse; it's just different.’” Joyce said.
A cheerful young boy- WeiWei
Wei Wei, 10, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 while his brother also diagnosed as ADHD. Wei’s mum knew that there was something different about her son. After two years of frustration and he was finally diagnosed with autism, she was collapsed.
“For a long time I am trying to figure out ‘what just happened to my life?' I feel sorry for myself and for my kids. I was lost, confused and in many ways” Wei’s mum said. Unfortunately, her husband couldn’t accept WeiWei’s situation and had an affair, she had to take care of the whole family with bearing financial burden.
Indeed, both of her sons are very friendly and happy, the elder brother always help with housework and taking care of WeiWei. “When mammy asks me to go to bed, I go; when mammy asks me to eat, I eat”, said WeiWei.
“I don’t know if the society would accept them when they group up? I just hope people don’t feel awkward when they’re around my sons. I wish my sons wouldn’t be weirded out because they need love.” WeiWei’s mum said.
The autistic children encounter various problems in understanding, communication, social contact, behavior, emotion and learning.
With early diagnosis, treatment and training, together with the acceptance, assistance and care from our society, the autistic children can also live a happy and meaningful life.
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