A is for Autism Awareness!

April is right around the corner and do you know what that means? no it doesn’t mean its time to start working out to get our beach bodies. It means that it’s time to become aware of Autism. Autism is  a mental condition that is presented from earl childhood. It’s characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

When most people hear autism they think it refers to problems such as social integrations and imaginative play. Not many people know that there are many different types of Autism such as

Asperger’s syndrome-children with Asperger’s have no problem with language, however they have limited scope of interest as children with autistic disorder

Pervasive developmental disorder- a catch-all category for children who have some autistic behaviors but who don’t fit into other categories

Childhood disintegrative disorder- these children develop normally for the first two years and then lose some of their communication skills.

Many people should also know that just because someone has Autism, that does not mean that they are incapable of learning, in fact most are extremely smart. For example, I work with a four year old boy with Autism who is insanely smart. He knows that 128+128=256. He knows what the milky way is and that a UFO is connected with space. We call him Einstein Jr. However he does have social issues, sometimes he cant tell when he’s playin too rough with other children, all he knows is that he likes to play and he wants to be accepted.

There are key factors that people should know about Autism like

Boys are four times likely to have autism than girls

The rate of autism has grown over the last twenty years

Autism now effects 1 in 68 children

Autism is treatable

If you had no clue what Autism is, that’s ok because you’re just in time to learn everything there is to know. However if there are some things you do know about Autism, spread the education to those who don’t. It could be very beneficial to those you inform. Happy Autism Awareness Month