Autism in Japan by Ella Oudhof
As we walk along the park path and the two children run towards the swing set, Ryoko expresses her worries for her three-year-old boy Alex. “I need to know that he will be ok once I am not around anymore’. Being diagnosed as autistic at a young age allowed for her to approach raising him the way that suits him best; shape her relationship with him to what he responds to the best. As I glance towards her older son Jayron, you can see that he also clearly adapted his behavior towards his little brother. But is there one right way to do this? Do we treat all people and all cases through the same guidelines?
There is this misconception that all people with different needs can not function within the common society.
There is so much wrong with this popular idea that seems to still flow around, especially when education is taken into consideration. With the lack of resources and even awareness in certain countries, including well-developed societies like Japan, many individuals are lost in the cross-wire. Ryoko shared with me that her son going to a specialized school with his needed help available was difficult to arrange. She was lucky she had a contact within the school because she knows there are countless families without this privilege.
I wanted to find more about the school Alex went to and therefore visited it with Ryleigh. We toured around the building, and eventually met the group of thirty children at the playground.