Community: April is Autism Awareness Month

Source: Autism Society
April is Autism Awareness Month, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which includes Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. The Autism experience is different and varies by diagnosis. It is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is often referred to as a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.

There is currently no known single cause of Autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive resources that can support the choices and opportunities needed to live fully.

Screening & Diagnosis:

Autism is characterized in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), which is used by clinicians to diagnose Autism by: Persistent differences in communication, interpersonal relationships, and social interaction across different environments. This can include the below:

  • Being nonverbal, nonspeaking, or having atypical speech patterns, having trouble understanding nonverbal communication, difficulty making and keeping friends, difficulty maintaining typical back-and-forth conversational style.
  • Restricted and repetitive behavior, patterns, activities and interests such as: repeating sounds or phrases (echolalia), repetitive movements, preference for sameness and difficulty with transition or routine, rigid or highly restricted and intense interests, extreme sensitivity to, or significantly lower sensitivity to, sensory stimuli.

Getting Support & Resources:

The Autism Society’s National Helpline is a fantastic way to learn about resources and services in your area. The Helpline allows you to speak with a trained Information & Referral Specialist about desired resources and support options. While the Helpline isn’t able to provide direct services, the I&R Specialist will connect you to resources and providers that can assist you.

The National Helpline is NOT a crisis line. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, connect to the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255, or connect to emergency community services by calling 211. To utilize The Autism Society’s support please fill out the form here or contact them directly at 1-800-3-AUTISM (800-328-8476).

Showing Your Support & Continuing the Conversation:

Everyone is encouraged to participate during this time, whether you have autism, love someone who does, or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community of all people. People are also invited to take the pledge to help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. Supporters can participate in the initiative by visiting autismspeaks.org/wam.

How Can I Participate?

Everyone is encouraged to participate. Whether you have autism, love someone who does, or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community – you’re invited to take the pledge to help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential by increasing understanding and acceptance.

  • People are also encouraged to join the 2.8 million social media followers and help further the conversation and understanding of issues impacting the autistic community by sharing stories of people on the spectrum or telling your own.
  • You will also find free information, resources and tools to engage and advocate in your community and learn the impact of your support.
  • You can also donate directly to Autism Speaks by clicking here
  • Learn more about the different methods of fundraising on social media by clicking here

Stay tuned to Ty’s Take Today here on our website and on 9397 Network every Saturday from 3-5pm EST for more coverage of stories in relations to Autism Awareness during the month of April. Download the free mobile app by searching: 9397 Network in the Google Play or Apple App store today or listen online at 9397Network.com.

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