Autism Awareness MonthApril 3, 2014
By Jessica Vician
April is Autism Awareness Month, which serves as an opportunity to educate the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are various degrees of autism, which is a brain development disorder that can cause communication and social-interaction challenges, along with some physical difficulties, depending on the severity of the disorder.
While there is no known cure for autism or ASD at this time, it is helpful to know the symptoms. If you believe your child may be autistic, note the symptoms and discuss them with your doctor. Early diagnosis can help you find an appropriate treatment sooner while also giving you the tools to modify parenting techniques as necessary. Early symptoms include:
- Not babbling as a baby.
- Not responding to his or her name.
- Lining up toys excessively.
- Difficulty making friends or taking an interest in peers.
For a detailed infographic on ASD, including how to treat it, various levels of the disorder, more symptoms, and celebrities with ASD, visit the Global Medical Education website.
Autism affects us all, even if your children are not autistic. Many of our friends and family members at YOU Parent are affected by the disorder. Research is critical to earlier diagnosis and better treatment plans, which is why we support Autism Speaks throughout the year.
During Autism Awareness Month, we support our YOU Parent staff member’s family team, Darryl’s Cheerleaders, for their annual fundraising walk in Florida. Please consider a donation to either Autism Speaks or Darryl’s Cheerleaders this year to help further research on this disorder.