April is World Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Day.
What is autism?
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.” -Autism Speaks
A set of behaviors defines ASD, it is a “spectrum condition” affecting each individual differently to varying degrees. Each person with autism will have a unique set of challenges and strengths.
We don’t yet know what causes autism, early diagnosis, intervention and access to appropriate services and support leads to a significantly improved outcome. Increasing awareness of ASD is vital to get the early diagnosis needed.
Core symptoms of autism are:
Some of the behaviors associated with autism include:
delayed speaking and learning of language
difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation;
difficulty with reasoning and planning
narrow, intense interests
poor motor skills
Behaviors of a person on the spectrum might follow many of behaviors or just a few, or others not listed. A diagnosis is made based on analysis of all behaviors and the severity of them.
What’s most important to know is that autism is treatable. It will not get better on its own but it can be managed with proper therapy. Early detection and treatment are the keys to success and quality of life.
In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an ASD.*
One of the most effective ways to treat and manage autism is ABA therapy. Working with children and helping them learn in ways that work for them so they can have a better quality of life is amazing everyday.
The cost of caring for Americans with autism had reached $268 billion in 2015 and would rise to $461 billion by 2025 in the absence of more-effective interventions and support across the life span.*
Join us as we work to spread awareness for the manageable spectrum disorder and help affected persons get the help they need sooner while also destigmatizing what it means to be autistic.
What can you do? Wear blue, especially on April 2nd!
Take the Facebook pledge and share it with your friends: click here
Reach out to your neighbors, friends and family, get to know the people around you, chances are someone you know is affected by ASD.
Be kind and compassionate. Autism can be challenging not only for those who are affected by it personally, but for those around them. Don’t make assumptions about someone who might behave a little differently, be patient and give the benefit of the doubt. You never know what a difference kindness can make.
You can of course donate to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to ASD research and sharing important information to those affected by it and their loved ones.
Donate by clicking here
Sign up for newsletters from Autism Speaks here: Click here
You can also become an advocate for autism here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/advocate
No matter how you support autism awareness, we appreciate it all, thank you!
*Source: Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-facts-and-figures