It’s that time of year again!
April starts Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.
From the Autism Society:
So now is a great time to begin talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder. To help any reader out there that wants to help spread some awareness by learning a little bit more about the disorder itself.
What are the symptoms of autism? What are some behaviors one might see?
When Declan was newly diagnosed I began to search for information about autism. I was drawn to the visuals.
Autism Speaks provided me with wonderful information about the symptoms of autism.
I went to Pinterest and asked it, “What is Autism” and thousands of images were at my disposal
When Catelyn was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, I went searching and was again, initially and immediately drawn to the visual graphics describing HFA
These short snippets of information were immediate attention grabbers that took my breath away. Each time I felt like I was seeing my child on paper.
I went in a little farther. Autism Speaks provided me wonderful information about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their information found here about the symptoms of autism allowed for me to see that some of the other issues that we were facing with Declan in regards to gastrointestinal and sleep were common in individuals with autism.
When I was reading about High Functioning Autism, I found the site: My Asperger’s Child: HELP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER’S & HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM by Mark Hutten, M.A. I found myself going back and reading the article: List of Symptoms for High-Functioning Autism, found here.
There is also an online version of the M-CHAT found here. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. It is a resource designed to identify children who may benefit from a more thorough developmental and autism evaluation.
If you are looking to get involved to spread autism awareness, these visuals, articles or resources describing the symptoms of autism are a great place to start.
It’s time to learn about autism to start spreading some awareness to gain understanding, acceptance and inclusion!