Autism is a very difficult disability to understand. Usually, there are no outward signs pointing to an individual having the syndrome. Autism is also not a “one size fits all” syndrome, it is a spectrum of disorders that have to do with developmental, social and behavioral issues. An organization has put together some very useful tools to help others understand what you and you autistic loved one are going through.
English: A little autistic girl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In an effort to ease the fears of and provide encouragement to all people with individuals with autism in their lives, Autism Speaks has created four support tool kits, each designed specifically for the following groups:
Parents | Siblings | Grandparents | Friends
The purpose of each kit is to help teach family members and friends more about autism and its effects on families, and provide resources and support to enable them to lead happy and successful lives with their loved ones with autism.
This is just a starting point in helping others to understand the Autism Spectrum Disorder, I encourage you to use these resources and grow in your understanding of the disability.
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#Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in about one out of every 68 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.
Take some time this month to learn more about Autism and what you can do to help someone you know affected by it.
Learn More About Autism
Kids Health: a website that explains autism in simple language for kids.
Growing Up Together: a printable 4 page brochure, explains autism and how to be friends with someone with autism, from Autism Society
Growing Up Together: Teens with Autism: a printable brochure for Teens, from Autism Society
First 100 Days Kit: a printable tool kit to aid families in getting the critical information they needed in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis from Autism Speaks.
Learn about autism with an online autism 101 course/tutorial from Autism Society
Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children
Autism Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Autism Awareness Ribbon Symbol
Autism Awareness Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers
Autism Awareness Door Hangers
Autism Awareness Pinwheel
“I Love Someone with Autism” Paper Dog
“I Love Someone With Autism” Paper Car
Autism Awareness Symbol Coloring Page
Autism Awareness Word Search
Autism Awareness Crossword Puzzle
Puzzle Piece Butterfly
Children who participated in an early intervention designed to target #autism symptoms at very young ages are continuing to see benefits from the treatment years later, a new study finds.
The Early Start Denver Model is a nonmedical treatment for children age 12 to 48 months who show symptoms of the developmental disorder. While autism is usually diagnosed in children between the ages of 2 and 3, a growing body of research suggests that diagnosing it early and intervening with one-on-one, parent-led treatment can reduce symptoms in the long run.
This seems to be a very promising development. Will be interesting to see what further research will hold.
from Disability Scoop » Autism
One of the most consistent findings in autism, and perhaps the most perplexing, is that it affects about four boys for every girl.
In the new study, researchers analyzed two large genetic databases of girls with and without autism and found no evidence for such a DNA hotspot.
Researchers used a scanning method called diffusion tensor imaging to compare the corpus callosum in 112 boys and 27 girls with autism, and 53 boys and 29 girls without the disorder, all aged 3 to 5 years.
Compared with the controls, boys and girls with autism show different patterns of fibers projecting to the brain’s frontal lobe.
The researchers saw no difference here between girls with and without autism.
In girls with autism a smaller section of the fiber bundle connects to an adjacent region, the anterior frontal cortex, than in typically developing girls.
It’s unclear how these differences might affect the workings of the brain, but the researchers speculate that they could contribute to the apparent resistance of girls to autism.
Read full article @ SFARI