Tuesday, April 2, 2013

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is Word Autism Awareness Day!  It's also Autism Awareness Month!

First, let me tell you why I care about autism.  One of our family friends has a daughter that was recently diagnosed with it.  I think when something hits close to home, it really starts to have an impact on you, and this certainly did for me! I heard stories of frustration over seeing specialist after specialist and getting rejected from various things.  I can't remedy their situation, but I can spread awareness, in the hopes that it is a way of giving back (kinda!).  

There are a lot of theories out there about where autism comes from/what it is caused by. I'm not interested in discussing that, because a lot of it is political. Quite frankly, there isn't enough research on it yet, either!  What I do want to talk about is basic facts and resources that can be used with children with autism.

-Characteristics include difficulties with social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior
-Autism is a SPECTRUM and includes autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD-NOS, and Asperger syndrome  (NOTE: These will be all under the term ASD when the DSM-V comes out in May 2013).
-Associations: intellectual disability, difficulties with motor coordination, difficulties with attention, some difficulties with physical health
-roughly 1 in 88 children have autism (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls) in the United States...that's more than diabetes, cancer, or AIDS combined

-Autism Speaks 
-Autism Facts Sheet
-List of Autism Apps here
-The Autism Helper (blog)


 -Find an Autism Speaks walk near you
-Build-A-Bear Autism Speaks Bear (they donate money from each sale)
-Clothing companies with positive messages about autism (more info on Autism Speaks website)

By the way, Smart Apps for Kids is throwing a giveaway just for this day!  You can enter to win an IPAD 2!!!  Enter here

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for this post! The more people know, the better we can help these kids!! :)


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