1 in 68 births in the United States receive an autism diagnosis with that number increasing every year.
The Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote the awareness of Autism nearly a half century ago. This campaign was is to shine a light on autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. We need to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness we need to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation.
You thinking or you might be asking yourself what is autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
What are the signs?
Autism is treatable with professional help. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but there are studies that show early detection and intervention are key in leading to a significantly improved outcome.
These are just some of the signs
* Lack of or delay in spoken language
* Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
* Little or no eye contact
* Lack of interest in peer relationships
* Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
* Persistent fixation on parts of objects For more information on developmental milestones you can visit the CDC’s site
Having a child with Autism is not the end, it is a beginning just with a different start. The world is opening up to the Autism community and embracing what can be learned and gained by a little understanding. There are numerous resources and the age of the computer has made those resources just a click away.
This blog has been inspired by my older sister and my nephew Nathan who was diagnosed on the Autism scale. He is a smart wonderful young man who loves to see the world through the lens of his camera. This latest design is for him and his mom.
Know the Signs.