Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Autism, one of the fastest growing developmental difficulties, makes its statement in April. Sponsored by the Autism Society, National Autism Month focuses on autism awareness and inclusion for all. Whether it's a brother, a cousin, or a friend of a friend, we all know someone on the autism spectrum and this national awareness provides an opportunity to teach kids that difficulties don't have to be disabilities. Have them "Light it Up Blue" on April 2 by wearing blue and taking a selfie. Then, share it on social media to express your support for families with autistic members. 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.

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States – twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for the individual with autism. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for an individual with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.) Learn the signs: Early identification can change lives

Autism is treatable. Individuals with autism do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” site. Here are some signs to look for:

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

Sometimes kids with 22q have autism but not all kids. Bella has Adhd and is a year delayed. Bella takes meds and does well when she is on them. I have niece and nephews who are austic and we see simular traits but the difference is noticable enough we accept them where they are at and do our best to meet their needs when they visits with us.

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As I always way a parent knows their child best if you feel you or your child might be austic pleaes visit this site for more infomation it the autism societiy.

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