The demands of parenting autistic children vary upon what kind of attention the child needs. If the child has a major case of autism then I would suggest keeping an extra close watch on that child, but if the child does not have autism then it wouldn't be as big of a deal to possibly leave the child in a room by themselves.
A child with autism could easily get themselves hurt if left alone, but a child without autism knows the difference between what's safe and what is not safe.
Autism - a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior.
If an autistic child walks out the front door and into the street they wouldn't know that a car could easily hit them, but a child in a different case wouldn't even think about going into the street.
In the novel it doesn't specifically say that Oskar is autistic but I made an inference that he is.
Oskar does a lot of things that makes me think he has autism, such as, he has the quirkiness and the personality, he is highly intelligent for his age and he lacks the liking of loud noises but he does like social interaction. Throughout the novel he travels around New York in search for answers.
Children with autism have to be watched over closely or something bad could very well happen in the blink of an eye.
30% of autistic children get injured when not having a close eye on them.
Autistic children are unpredictable, you don't know how they will react to certain situations. Sometimes they will feel uncomfortable and not react in a good way and in other situations they are mroe than comfortable and can be themselves.
Children with autism do not require more attention or special focus because all children are the same and require the same amount of attention and they should have the same knowledge level as everyone else.
Oskar Schell has many little comments and actions that make a person believe that he is autistic. He gives himself bruises and he knows quite a bit of historical knowledge and animal knowledge, but he isn't shy around people or doesn't have problems with social enviroments.
If you are a parent of an autistic child then listen to this storyboard and pay close attention to your child because if you don't then he or she could possibly injure themselves or someone else. They need to be your main focus and priority so they, as well as you, can live the best life in their position.
Whenever you have a child with autism, it's serious. It's not a joke or something to play about. You need to be responsible and know how to take care of that child and comfort them. They will end up needing you. Mary Bono once said, "Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation."
"Autism doesn't come with a manual. It comes with a parent that never gives up." -Louise Brote
"I may hit developmental and societal milestones in a different order than my peers, but I am able to accomplish these small victories on my own time." - Haley Moss
Autistic children require more attention than children without autism because of many reasons. Autistic children do not obtain the same amount of knowledge that other children do. They do not necessarily know the difference between right and wrong at that.
"Autism is part of my child , it's not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis."