Hi guys!! Spring is finally here and another month just flew by! It's April and we are celebrating Autism Awareness month! I've been on Buzznet for four years and yet I still haven't fully told you my story! I figured it was time to change that! I was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months. Since then it's been an upward battle! I had a huge struggle when I was young. I slowly withdrew into myself and had trouble communicating with children my own age!
I also had huge problems academically and math definitely wasn't my strong suit (still isn't). Thank goodness to my mom and dad! They put me into therapy when I was young and things started to get better! I still have trouble taking social cues and can be a rather quiet person but it's much better than it was when I was a child. It's much easier for me to communicate with others! Autism is a very quiet disorder. Children are usually very energetic and talkative and what the child doesn't say often speaks volumes because Austism Speaks.
Autism is a journey and even though it can be very hard I wouldn't want to get off the train! I still have a lot of work to do! I consider myself a work in progress! I'm have come so far from where I was and I'm very proud of myself. I can do things that I probably wouldn't be able to do today if it wasn't for the extra help I got! Can you believe that It was thought that I wouldn't be able to read! Now I read about 50 books a year! This month I want you to think of me and my nephew (who also has autism) and wear some blue! Wearing blue is a way to show your support to those with Autism.
There's another way you can show your support this month. Check down at your local Walmart or other department stores for some of these blue light bulbs made special for Autism Awareness. Help Shine the Light on Autism.
10 facts about Autism
- Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.
- There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.
- Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
- Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism.
- As early as infancy, a baby can begin to show the three hallmark features of autism: communication challenges, impaired social interactions, and repetitive behavior.
- Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain but may be extra sensitive to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation—which may contribute to a reluctance to being cuddled or hugged.
- Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community
- Researchers recommend autistic testing if a baby doesn’t babble or coo by 12 months, doesn’t point or wave by 12 months, doesn’t say single words by 16 months, doesn’t say two-word phrases by 24 months, or loses previously acquired language or social skills at any age.
- If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the other twin has about 90% chance of develop an autistic disorder.
- From the Greek autos meaning “self,” autism literally means “alone.”
Make sure to go like Autism Speaks and Autism Awareness on Facebook.
Autism Speaks It's Time To Listen