I’m going to shift gears for a moment with my blog, because I want to share something very dear to my heart.
April is Autism Awareness Month and being that I am a mother and Aunt of a child with Autism, this awareness campaign is very important to me. Many people don’t know or understand Autism and there is a lot of uneducated people out there that seem to think that an autistic child just needs a good “butt beating” to get them to act right, but it doesn’t work that way.
Autism affects 1 in 68 children. The reason the numbers are so high now is not because people are creating seeking labels or because more of it is being created by pesticides or vaccines. It’s low because as we gain a better understanding and knowledge of Autism, we are able to identify it more. Those whom were thought to be retarded, who didn’t have access to the proper medical experts for testing are slowly getting them now and getting this diagnoses. Autism has always been out there, the difference that now experts know what to look for and know how to diagnose it better. The more experts go into areas where getting the proper medical attention, testing and evaluating are being done, the more cases will appear.
Testing and Evaluating for Autism is expensive, most families can’t afford to get the proper testing done, let alone afford for the therapies that are needed to help.
A child with an older sibling that has Autism, has a higher chance of having Autism.
Autism is higher in boys.
Autism affects those who have had vaccines and those who have not had vaccines.
Autism affects those who have had perfect pregnancies and those who have not.
Autism affects those who eat healthy diets and those who do not.
There is no known reason for what causes Autism, but what we do know is that Autism affects the brain. Those who have studied the brain, now that connections in the brain aren’t made properly. The building blocks or foundations that the brain needs isn’t always there at birth. Those foundations are imperative for a healthy developing brain after birth.
Some see signs as early as infancy, others don’t see it till later on in life, but Autism is always there.
Because of how the brain functions and works, kids with Autism aren’t able to process the world around them in the same way, they don’t see gray areas, they only see black and white. They can’t transition from one thing to another, they have no impulse control, they can’t regulate their “flight or fight” mode (this is important to know because that is the brain’s job to do that, no so much the person’s job or ability to do that), they tend to be very curious, focused on certain things, and they have problems with sensory processing (lights, sounds, touch, smell, taste), among other things.
Autism doesn’t just affect the child, it affects every member of the family, it affects those around them. Families find it hard to have a social life, because going out can be hard. They might even get “abandoned” by those around them, because they don’t understand. However a family who is living with Autism, really needs that support, understanding to know that they are not alone.
I encourage everyone to show some support in some way or form. Light It Up Blue, wear something blue, if not today, then do it this month!! Donate a Dollar to Autism!! Walk in honor of any family or families you know! Do something, help spread awareness this month!!
I will be walking this year with the Autism Society, all donations stay in state and are used to support the families here in Colorado. And remember…those with Autism are different, not less!!
Do you have a heart for compassion?
If you do and you feel led to show your support for my family and other families like mine, then Click Here to donate to the walk via the Autism Society’s site. You support will help provide support for numerous families here in Colorado!! From my family to yours, I thank you in advance!