Soulful Empathy – Illuminating The Path Of Understanding For Autism With Soul App

Appsby Ankita Tripathy31 January 2024

Illuminating The Path Of Understanding For Autism With Soul App

Considered a beacon of innovation among China’s social platforms, Soul App, over the last few years has proved that it is not just about growth and profit. By championing causes that resonate with societal issues, Soul has time and again displayed a commitment to raising awareness and support for individuals facing various challenges.

The platform’s dedication to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness is a testament to its core values of kindness, equality, and friendship. Soul has taken a unique and humane approach to extending its digital embrace to those touched by ASD by recognizing the exceptional struggles faced by individuals on the autism spectrum. Through a series of thoughtfully orchestrated initiatives, the app aims to not only increase awareness but also provide crucial support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of ASD.

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASD, in other words, known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a developmental disorder that impacts speech, social relationships, and behavior. It is presented with various symptoms that may differ in intensity, features, extent, and form among representatives of this or that species.

Symptoms Of ASD In Children

ASD is a condition that is easily detectable at the early stage of a child. Although there is no definite cure, detecting it early can help parents be prepared for the following:

1. Social Difficulties

Children who suffer from this disorder are likely to develop little to no social relations and will not be on good terms with pupils of their age.

They are likely to find it difficult to comprehend and respond to social signals. Motor symptoms include a lack of eye contact. Cognitive symptoms include showing less or no interest in interacting with other individuals.

2. Communication Challenges

ASD can affect the development of language. Because of this condition, their development is slow. This means their vocal and listening skills are impaired for quite some time.

They might have poor conversational skills or a lack of non-verbal comprehension. Their ability to understand facial expressions, cues, and gestures also lacks speed.

3. Repetitive Behaviors

The most common autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presentation includes repetitive behaviors such as moving the fingers in a twisting manner or repeated body movements and restricted interests.

They may perform compulsive behaviors, including repetitive motions( rocking, hand-flapping), then have hyper-focus on specific topics or objects and demonstrate rigid insistence on routine or ritual.

4. Sensory Sensitivities

Children with ASD will exhibit hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity regarding the sensory stimuli.

They can be hyperactive to specific sounds, lights, or textures and have a specific need for sensory stimulation through, for example, spinning or jumping.

5. Fixated Interests

Children suffering from ASD usually develop a fascination with objects or subjects that would be far beyond normal for a child of their age, and the subject could even be way above the comprehension level of that child.

They might have expertise in such areas and are possibly guilty of repetitive and interest-related activities that exclude them from things they should be doing.

6. Difficulty With Transitions

Some transition difficulties may occur for children who have ASD; they can be rigid and struggle when there Is a deviation from routines. In situations of unanticipated change, they will seem uneasy or resistant.

Please remember that there is a high degree of interindividual variability in ASD symptoms and their severity. Early diagnosis, detection, and facilitation of the developmental process in ASD shows children and their parents that their potential is unlimited.

However, suppose you’re worried about your child’s development or even believe he/she has ASD. In that case, you should try to schedule an appointment for them as soon as possible and get a professional evaluation.

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The Need For Soulful Empathy

To understand the need for these initiatives, it is imperative to look at the specific context of ASD in China, which reveals a complex interplay of challenges and triumphs. According to the 2019 Report on the Development of the Autism Education and Treatment Industry, over 10 million individuals in China lived with ASD that year, with more than 2 million being children under the age of 12. These statistics, while stark, only scratch the surface of the intricate challenges faced by those with ASD and their families.

The Challenges

The journey of individuals with ASD in China is marked by unique hurdles shaped by the societal landscape, cultural nuances, and the healthcare infrastructure. Factors such as quality of life, educational opportunities, and societal acceptance play pivotal roles in influencing the experiences of those on the autism spectrum. So, understanding these dynamics is crucial for fostering empathy and creating targeted initiatives that address the specific needs of the ASD community in China.

For Soul’s relevant initiatives, at the heart of this commitment was the organization of an online philanthropic music event titled “Stars Meet Songs.” In collaboration with the WABC Charity Foundation, Soul App crafted an extraordinary platform where Soulers (Soul users) were united through the transcendent power of music to illuminate the lives of children with ASD. The event had elements of encouragement and support interwoven into it, which created an uplifting experience for both the performers and the audience.

The Event

The impact of “Stars Meet Songs” reverberates far beyond the digital realm. The event’s host, an active Souler known as @Night, embodies the spirit of altruism that permeates the platform. With over 1,600 days on Soul App, @Night’s journey serves as a compelling testament to the transformative power of the platform in inspiring acts of kindness.

Soul has extended its philanthropic efforts beyond the realm of music events. The platform joined hands with WABC to launch “Different Socks Day,” a campaign designed to raise public awareness about prejudice towards disadvantaged groups. This innovative campaign encouraged participants to wear mismatched socks, symbolizing the celebration of diversity and the breaking down of societal barriers.

In addition to this, amid this freezing winter, Soul App and WABC sparked much-needed warmth, with a charity exhibition titled “Painting Away Loneliness Fur-ever” featuring paintings by children with autism and cute furry decorations, as a message of kindness.

The Displays On The Event

The paintings on display were all created by autistic children. The themes of the pictures varied, but all burst with the vigor and enthusiasm of their artists. Moreover, these paintings were digitalized by Soul as creative merchandise and the proceeds were donated to WABC in support of autistic children. Through this special event, Soul also aims to promote greater public awareness and inclusivity of autism.

A Beacon For Helping ASD In China

As a sought-after social platform among the younger generation, Soul App has become an ideal space for individuals to share their volunteer experiences and actively participate in charity events. Users on Soul are not merely passive participants but active contributors to a digital space that thrives on kindness, empathy, and social responsibility.

And that is the need of the hour! In a society increasingly shaped by technology, the impact of such initiatives extends far beyond the virtual realm, creating tangible ripples of positive change in the lives of those touched by ASD. The platform’s journey towards ASD awareness represents the harmonious convergence of technology, philanthropy, and human connection. By combining the force of music, philanthropy, and open dialogue, Soul App has not only illuminated the lives of children with ASD but has also created a harmonious environment where compassion and awareness thrive.

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Ankita Tripathy

Ankita Tripathy loves to write about food and the Hallyu Wave in particular. During her free time, she enjoys looking at the sky or reading books while sipping a cup of hot coffee. Her favourite niches are food, music, lifestyle, travel, and Korean Pop music and drama.

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