Autism is . . . More Than We’ve Been Led to Believe
While families in the United States scramble to crunch numbers for their tax returns, I’m mulling over some numbers myself. I hesitate to publish numbers stating the prevalence of autism because they become outdated so quickly. The numbers are climbing, probably because more people recognize the signs and symptoms of autism and are seeking help for their children and receiving a diagnosis.
There is a debate over what causes autism—genetics, environment, or some combination of the two. There is also debate over the best treatments, whether a cure exists, whether one should want a child with autism to be cured, and on and on.
I don’t want to get into any of that, even if it is Autism Awareness Month. Instead, I want to spend the next two weeks (April 15-19 and 22-26) introducing you to some amazing children with autism. Their profiles, written by their mothers, will allow you a peek into the unique world these children live in and will hopefully show you how we all have much more in common than not.
It’s true that these children struggle, to varying degrees, with delays in significant areas of functioning. Some are nonverbal; others are highly verbal. Some are learning disabled, while others are twice exceptional and are gifted learners. Some are blessed with good health. Others struggle with health challenges too.
But these children are gifts to their families and the communities they live in. As they pursue their passions (and obsessions), they show great promise. It’s important that we learn to see that “Autism is . . . ” so much more than we’ve been led to believe.
Please join me here each day to learn more about these amazing children. I will post links below as each new profile is published!
Autism is . . .
- Autism is . . . not evil
- Autism is . . . Strong
- Autism is . . . Sensational Adventure and Discovery in Motion
- Autism is . . . Art Appreciation
- Autism is . . . My Greatest Teacher
- Autism is . . . Perseverance
- Autism is . . . A Blessing
- Autism is . . . Not All About the Negative!
- Autism is . . . Hope
For more information about signs and symptoms of autism, as well as its prevalence, please visit the sites below:
- 6 Facts You Need to Know About Autism
- Autism Fact Sheet at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Facts about ASDs at CDC
- Facts about Autism from Autism Speaks
For more information and giveaways of great products for Autism Awareness Month, please visit the landing page by clicking the graphic below: