World Autism Awareness Month

Autism Month

The month of April is World Autism Awareness Month! The 2nd of April is World Autism Awareness day. I would like to, as a very proud mommy of a four year old girl on the Autism Spectrum to do my bit in raising Autism Awareness in this time… Every year in April the Autism Community light it up blue or paint it blue or wear something blue to raise awareness…

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. It is a serious, lifelong condition. Without the right support, it can have a profound, sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families.

Autism rates climbed nearly 30% between 2008 and 2010 and have more than doubled since the turn of the century, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition is now believed to affect one of every 68 8-year-olds – up from one in 88 just two years earlier.

The severity of autism symptoms are very broad across the spectrum. That is why it is called Autism Spectrum Disorder. One child may exhibit relatively mild symptoms while another with the same diagnosis may have very severe impairments. Some children grow to lead independent adult lives and others require constant care and supervision.

Autism is currently divided into three groups: 1. Autism 2. Asperger syndrome 3. PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified)

Autism doesn’t just affect children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. It is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell if someone has it.

While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives. Early intervention is key!

More children are affected by Autism than Diabetes, AIDS, Cancer, Cerebral palsy, Cystic fibrosis, muscle dystrophy and Down Syndrome combined.

Boys are four times more likely to have Autism than girls. Autism can not be detected through a blood test, brain scan or any kind of genetic testing.

Some of the early signs of Autism: Little or no eye contact, Lack of or delay in spoken language, Obsession with an object or interest, Lack of interest in relationships, No spontaneous play, Doesn’t smile back, Doesn’t play with other children, Over sensitive to lights, sounds and crowds.

The benefits of early detection and intervention:

• Early intervention is critical • Speech can accelerate • Improved child and parent quality of life • Denial is NOT your friend! The consequences of delaying getting help can be enormous. • Communication and social skills CAN improve.

If you would like to learn more and join our journey with Autism, please visit “I am Maegan, the ausome 1, in 88″ https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-am-Maegan-the-ausome-1-in-88/113085908843531?ref=hl on Facebook. Different not less.

~ Eileen van der Schyff

Maegan

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