Did you know that the CDC currently estimates that 1 in 88 American children are affected with autism? Autism diagnosis rates have been increasing in recent years, which make this April’s National Autism Awareness month all the more important!
What is it?
Autism is a condition that usually appears within the first 3 years of a child’s life, predominately affecting their communication and social skills. Those affected have (in varying degrees) difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It is more prevalent in boys (affecting 1 in 54). As of now there isn’t a known cause or universal cure, affected children are treated with various methods including vitamin, music, communication, and physical therapy, sensory integration, and auditory training.
How Can I Help?
For the past 3 years, over 2,000 buildings and landmarks around the world have been “Lighting up Blue” in April to show their support and increase awareness for Autism. If you would like to show your support as well through a donation to the Autism Society, to go toward future treatment options and to support families affected by the condition, you can do so here. Money isn’t the only way you can help! The Autism Society has a “1Power4Austism” movement which connects volunteers across the country willing to help out…check out their program page here.