16 Apr Autism Awareness Month : What is Autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects one in fifty-four children in the United States today. We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges.
The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently. Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.
Autism Awareness day is Friday April 2, 2021 and April is considered the national awareness month. The color blue’s association to autism originated with the autism advocacy association known as Autism speaks. Their “Light it Up Blue,” campaign calls for people to wear blue to promote autism awareness.
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- A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sally Ozonoff, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, and James C. McPartland, PhD
- The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
- Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant, PhD