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April - National Autism Awareness Month

 

What is Autism?

            Autism is a developmental disability, usually diagnosed in childhood due to differences with one’s methods of communication and interaction with others. It affects 1/68 children born in the United States annually. Autism is not the same for every person, and while certain behaviors are common, the severity varies among individuals. Common behaviors 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” as told by the Autism Society. Without a single cause of Autism, it is not something that a child will grow out of, but with early awareness, services and support that child will have a normal, healthy life.

 

What to Look for?

●       Does not babble or coo by 12 months

●       Does not gesture by 12 months (point, wave, grasp)

●       Delay in language skills or lack of language completely

●       Motor mechanisms (repeatedly)

●       Little or no eye contact

●       Difficulty forming peer relationships, loss of social skills

●       Lack of spontaneous, make-believe play

●       Constant fixation on parts of objects

 

Helpful Resources:

 

UNC TEACCH Autism Program

https://www.teacch.com/

 

Autism Society

https://www.autism-society.org/

 

Autism Speaks

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

 

Autism Resource Guide - NC

https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide/state/NC

 

Milestone Autism Resources

http://milestones.org/about/

 

National Autism Association

http://nationalautismassociation.org/?gclid=CjwKEAjwwcjGBRDj-P7TwcinyBkSJADymblTjaD6KMTvtbvyDxQHtN3iQGrnfPNR34KCAQEdZ--SBRoCYiPw_wcB

 

National Autism Resources

https://www.nationalautismresources.com/

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