April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month! As you all know, my sweet little man is three years old and was diagnosed with autism in May 2017. Obviously this month is very near and dear to my heart.
This month’s post will be dedicated to sharing some facts and resources in reference to Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD ).
- According to the CDC 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism
- 1 in 37 boy
- 1 in 151 girl
- Boys are five times more likely to have autism then girls
- There is also no definitive answer as to why autism occurs
- Most children still go un-diagnosed until at least the age of four.
- Autism affects both boys and girls of all ethnic groups.
- Early intervention can improve learning, social, and communication skills.
- Children with autism can also benefit from speech therapy and occupational therapy.
- According to autism speaks nearly half of children diagnosed with autism have a tendency to wander away from their family and homes. ( so scary!)
- Mothers of children with autism, who tend to serve as the child’s case manager and advocate, are less likely to work outside the home. On average, they work fewer hours per week and earn 56 percent less than mothers of children with no health limitations and 35 percent less than mothers of children with other disabilities or disorders.
- There are several medical conditions that can be associated with persons on the autism spectrum. 1/3 of those on the spectrum have been diagnosed with epilepsy.
With just these few statics, can I ask a question? Why isn’t there more information out there for families who need it? Why does it seem so hard to find it once you do? That is why April is such an important month for us, as a world community, to recognize! We all must share our stories. We have to make resources more readily available. We need to educated our kids who will grow up and interact with people, of all needs, that are different from their own!
How are we supposed to receive acceptance for our children if the general public does not understand what autism?That is one of the reasons why I created this blog. I felt alone and confused and for the life of me did not know where to even start looking. Autism is one of those invisible disabilities that you never hear about but should be. Yes you hear about your friends child who is on the spectrum, but do you really know what it is and what it means? You cannot fully understand what autism is until you are affected by it personally. Which I totally understand because I did not understand it either until I was personally brought face to face with it.
With that being said I have been working I have been working with the autism Society of Alabama to become a better advocate for Sean and others with ASD. I want to help other children (and parents) on the spectrum receive acceptance and understanding as well. I highly recommend that if you are a parent, of a child on the spectrum or just a concerned friend, you educate yourself and share what you have learned. Reach out to your local support groups and/or schools. Make it your priority to do whatever it takes to better serve your child and the community in which your child will grow up.
I want to also share with you all a couple of websites that I have found particularly helpful
In closing today, Autism awareness month is coming to and end. (It has flown by) I have been heavily involved with sharing facts and advice on my social media accounts this month. If you have anything you would like to add to this sibject please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions that you think i could answer leave me a comment or again shoot me an email. I might even be able to share that some information with everyone. I hope you all have an amazing day and I look forward to talking to you all again soon.
Katlyn-The Gulf Coast Mommy
(images are from this year’s Funky Fun Run/Walk in mobile Alabama. I had the privilege of being this years walk leader in Mobile, and look forward to doing it again next year. Unfortunately, Sean was unable to attend because he was running fever! )