It’s been a while….

WOW! It has been a while since I have updated… I apologize for my absence! I have committed to myself that I will provide more consistent uploads and posts.

Anyways! It’s SPRING BREAK! Finally…. I am looking forward to the looooong weekend and when we return it will be state testing time (UGH!)

For this post, since it is April (Autism Awareness Month), I thought that I should do a post about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

As you know, more and more of our children and students are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As a society, we are becoming more aware of Autism including early signs and recognition of ASD, better treatments and family plans to support people with Autism, effective interventions to use with students, and increasing funding and donations to organizations that are dedicated to providing supports and advocacy for people who have Autism.

Even though it is Autism Awareness Month, there are still people who don’t know the accurate facts about Autism. Below, I have provided facts about Autism taken from autismspeaks.com and nationalautismassociation.org.

  • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. (This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.) Its prevalence is not affected by race, region, or socio-economic status.
  • Recent studies show boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
  • Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
  • Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded

  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • Children with autism do progress — early intervention is key
  • Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition. Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)

Autism Advocacy: Temple Grandin is a leading advocate for autistic communities who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 years old. She has been able to give the world insight on what it is like to have Autism to enable to world to better understand and support people with ASD. In addition to autism advocacy, Grandin is well known for her work regarding animal welfare, neurology and philosophy.

Temple Grandin says, “I am different, not less.”