Monday, April 2, 2012

Today is World Autism Awareness Day!! #WAAD

 This post was written by my wonderful friend Karen from The Mommy Times.  She is a great blogger and an awesome mommy to two spirited young boys.  Her life is effected by Autism daily though her oldest son Brock.

 


Autism now affects 1 in 88 children, 1 in 54 boys. 

These numbers are staggering, and if the rate continues to rise, I honestly do not know what will become of future generations. 


*More children are diagnosed with Autism than diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.*
                                                                                                                
ASDs begin before the age of 3 and last throughout a person's life, although symptoms may improve over time. Some children with an ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms might not show up until 24 months or later. Some children with an ASD seem to develop normally until around 18 to 24 months of age and then they stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had.

A person with an ASD might:
  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
  • Not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • Have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Have delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
We are a family living with Autism, and you can read about the beginning symptoms to diagnosis  including our denial in the early stages,  to what life is like for some children on the spectrum,  how holiday's can disrupt everything, their siblings, and how others in society can be unkind. This story is no different than millions of others, except it happens to be our lives.  

Together we can ALL make a difference!

2 comments:

  1. It is crazy how many kids have Autism these days. I can only imagine that going through this experience would be overwhelming for parents.

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  2. I don't think that there are more kids with autism these days, but instead there are more things/symptoms whatever you want to call it on the autism SPECTRUM of disorders so more people are "on" the spectrum now where before it was a smaller set of criteria used to diagnose. There could be more people getting it as we move to using more synthetic/created items (as in artifical colors) where before meals were more simple and less processed.

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