Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Autism Awareness Month

We've been so busy during the first part of April, I haven't posted about Autism Awareness Month yet! So, here goes:

Did you know that 1 out of 150 children in U.S. is affected by an autism spectrum disorder? Or that 1 out of 90 boys are affected? Were you aware that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is $3.5 to $5 million and that the current annual cost to the U.S. is $35 billion? Did you realize that 1.5 million Americans are affected by autism? And, have you been told how vital early diagnosis and intervention are for children affected by an autism spectrum disorder?

Some signs and symptoms of autism are:
*having trouble relating to others or not having interest in others at all
*avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
*preferring not to be held or cuddled
*appearing to be unaware when other people talk, but responding to other sounds
*having trouble expressing needs using typical words or motions
*laughing, crying, or showing distress for no apparent reason

If your child shows these symptoms, talk to your doctor about autism screening.

For more information, go to the Autism Society of NC website or the Autism Speaks website

For some stories from a family living with autism, check out my friend Nicole's blog. She's devoted this month to chronicling their life with autism.

Autism is not a tragedy...ignorance is the tragedy. Happy Autism Awareness Month!


Nicole Collins said...

Love your last line...Beautifully said!
We thank you for everything you do for our children!