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Did You Know... April is National Autism Awareness Month

Thursday, April 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Love, PsyM
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National Autism Awareness Month first began in 1970 and was created by the Autism Society. This year National Autism Awareness Month will occur from April 1st through April 30th. National Autism Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, education, and acceptance. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs in 1 in 68 births and impacts individuals to varying degrees. The core symptoms of ASD include impairments in social communication and social interaction as well as repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. The signs and symptoms of ASD are often detectable early in life and being aware of the early signs of ASD can help to lead to early diagnosis. Early diagnosis of ASD is crucial as diagnosis can lead to early intervention, which can result in improved outcomes for youth with ASD. Some of the most frequently cited early signs of ASD as listed by the Autism Society include:

  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offer free online resources for caregivers to track developmental milestones and learn what to do if they have concerns about their child’s development. These resources can be located at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

There are many ways to show your support for National Autism Awareness Month. Some ways include learning more about ASD, donating to an organization that supports ASD research, or becoming involved in local organizations and fundraisers within your community. For more information on ASD and for additional ways you can support Autism Awareness Month visit: http://www.autism-society.org