" The mirror neuron system is a brain circuit that enables us to better understand and anticipate the actions of others. These circuits activate in similar ways when we perform actions or watch other people perform the same actions.
Now, a new study published in Biological Psychiatry reports that the mirror system in individuals with autism is not actually broken, but simply delayed.
"While most of us have their strongest mirror activity while they are young, autistic individuals seem to have a weak mirror system in their youth, but their mirror activity increases with age, is normal by about age 30 and unusually high thereafter." Dr. Christian Keysers.
Article from here.
Yes Faaeq's developments in his social skill, motor skill and speech are definately delayed. I think he is delayed by 2 years! Meaning, eventhough he is going to be 4 YO come November this year, he is like a 2-year-old boy! but his speech is much more delayed, maybe by 2 1/2 years kot.. he makes sounds like a 1 year old now.. no speech yet, except for occasional 'akittt'.. when he is pain, "ayaaaa" when ayah didnt bring him along! 'buuuuu'.. whenever he feels like he wants to say it. Eye contact is still poor, but I know he has improved very much compared to before we brought him to therapies.
For now, I just let him be himself. To be honest, we dont do much formal therapy sessions at home. I think the formals ones are the ones when we go to HUKM and Putrajaya Hospital. At home, we treat him just as normal as Imran. He get scolded when he misbehaved, he gets lots of hugs and kisses from me, he gets to watch his fav videos, but when it's American Idol time, sorry, video has to stop, ibu nak tengok AI pulak ok.... hehehe...
Although not formally, informally he is getting as much lessons as possible. Anything from watching and doing simple tasks, we encourage him to do by himself. He has to be in a rich language environment. We speak to him as normal, but at the same time emphasizing on the important words.. I think he will be a good cook when he grows up coz he gets enough lessons of cooking from me and his dad!
Last weekends, he got to meet his one and only cousin, baby Zaim :))) guess what, he hugged and kissed him non-stop!
We had such a great time laughing at his spontaneous acts.. sikit2 nak cium, sikit2 nak peluk... adoi faaeqqqq...... kalau ler faaeq ade adik, mmg peningla nak jaga faaeq (bukan jaga baby, pening nak jaga dia sbb asyik nak penyek baby jek! haha)
Have a great weekends, friends!