April is Autism Awareness Month. This is a time to educate the public and our community on Autism and how you can make a difference.
Did you know that 1 in 68 children are affected by Autism in America?
The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that 1 in 42 boys are affected by autism as well as 1 in 189 girls. These statistics are growing over the years. In fact, Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the US.
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a cognitive disorder that impacts communication, social behavior, interactions, and learning. Autism is not the same for every individual who has it. While some individuals have high intelligence, others may have trouble making friends, and then there are some who cannot quite communicate at all. However, every person with autism still experiences the same wants and needs as every other human. Autism affects their cognitive responses and thinking, but it does not take away from their need for human interaction. Currently, there is no medical detection or cure for autism so it is important to be informed on signs of Autism and how you can help.
Signs of Autism
- avoids eye contact
- prefers to be alone
- doesn’t point out objects when others point at them
- trouble understanding others ‘ feelings
- repeat words or phrases
- difficulty expressing feelings or emotion
- trouble adapting to change
Get informed about Autism and get involved with helping families during Autism Awareness Month!