To increase global understanding of autism, April is World Autism Month. Various campaigns such as Autism Speaks “Light it Up Blue” and the Autism Society’s “Put on a Puzzle” aim to increase inclusivity and acceptance of individuals with autism.
World Autism Month is a platform to create change; a stage to support a shift in thinking to create acceptance and inclusivity. Every individual with autism is a unique being with their own strengths and challenges. Lets take this time to learn more about autism so that we are open, willing, and able to communicate strategies to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills and communications skills, as well as engagement in repetitive behaviors. While statistics vary slightly, approximately 1 in 59 children in the United States is affected with autism. The cause of autism is yet unknown, however researchers believe both environmental and genetic factors may contribute to an individual being diagnosed with ASD. Symptoms of autism may include, but is not limited to:
Experts agree, access to early intervention is imperative for individuals with ASD. Early intervention may include but is not limited to one or a combination of the following interventions:
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