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It is Autism Awareness Month

April is recognized as Autism Awareness Month.  According to the National Autism Association, 1 in 68 children are affected by Autism today.  They also report that it is the fastest growing developmental disorder.  Today we are going to explore what Autism is, general facts about it, and ways you can promote awareness this month.

What is Autism?
Autism, also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a disorder that presents in children mostly before the age of 3.  It is a disorder affecting the growth of the brain, specifically in the areas of cognition, communication and social interaction.  Autism affects those individually, and each person is affected differently.  There are many conditions such as asthma, ADHD, immune disorders and many others that are often diagnosed alongside Autism.  Some early symptoms of Autism may include a child not responding to their name, not making eye contact, repeating words or sentences, responding in an abnormal way to stimuli and staying away from physical contact.
Some Facts About Autism:

  • Autism is present in boys, four times more than in girls.
  • Autism impairs the ability to speak in some children and it is estimated that 40 percent of those with Autism do not speak.
  • Autism symptoms can be treated and either improved or overcome in some cases.
  • Life expectancy is not decreased by Autism itself, but rather by symptoms related to the disease.

Some ways you can promote awareness this month are by wearing the Autism ribbon, sharing your knowledge and experiences with those around you, or you can even donate to the Autism Society!  There are also support groups available in many areas of the country for those care-taking for someone with Autism.  If you suspect concerns with a child in your care, contact your doctor and seek out early intervention services.  The information presented here was sourced from the National Autism Association.  Click here to see the full report and more information on Autism Disorder: http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/.

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