Autism Awareness: First the Basics

 

I don’t know anything about Autism.  I know Rain Man.  I know Jenny McCarthy.  I know what I have seen on T.V. which we all know is 100% accurate. *scoff*

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I am asking some of my friends to educate me.  I thought maybe you would enjoy their insights as well.  Today I welcome Tatanisha Worthy of A Worthy Read to share a bit about the basics of Autism. 

Let’s stretch and grow this month on behalf of children and families everywhere that we don’t understand completely.  I can’t wait to learn more so that I can be a better friend to those around me.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, Tatanisha!

What I Know About Autism…..


April showers bring May flowers, but alas, April is also Autism Awareness Month. For thirty-days or 720 hours for you brainiacs. Those who carry the banner for Autism will hold forums, conduct workshops, and encourage educators and folks from all walks of life to think differently about Autism. Even President Obama has proclaimed April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. However, after the fanfare and exposure April will surely come to an end. Regrettably some of the shine of awareness will slowly fade away.

The challenge is how do we as advocates for autism awareness ensure that we are not forgotten? How do we carry our message forward throughout the rest of the year so that it illuminates the hearts and minds, of not only those families living with autism? We hope you gain some degree of insight into the lives of the autistic and that it radiates and ignites something meaningful in your heart and mind. And for those of you who are untouched by the varying aspects of living with autism day in and day out you have no idea what you’re missing.

So, our challenge to you is to get informed, lend a helping hand, and to be more understanding and less judgmental of our beautiful quirky outstanding children.

Some Basic Facts
Autism is pervasive and everyday more of our children are being diagnosed somewhere on the spectrum. Autism affects 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 in boys, and personally 2 out of 3 children in my household. Yes, 2 out of my 3 boys have been diagnosed with Autism. Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to one’s surroundings, or inhibit the formation of relationships with others. Autism is defined as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Child Disintegrative Disorder.

I believe Ziah, one of my twins on the spectrum sums it up best, he says, “It makes my brain go crazy!”

 

You can read more at about our journey with Autism on my blog- www.awortheyread.com
 
Blogging about my life, the kids, and the general craziness of what happens in a topsy turvy but always exciting adventure! Every day is a different story: having twins- Both on the Autism Spectrum along with Sensory Issues and a Anxiety Disorder. Then there’s the 5-year-old, who is for lack of a better word, eccentric!


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