World Autism Awareness Day

going blue  This is a day I thought would never happen.  When my son was first having problems, I thought that it was our fault.  That Jonathan was just spoiled and throwing a temper tantrum or acting out.  Now I know there was something more to it.  Bad parenting and being spoiled was not the problem.  Instead it was something physically in his brain.

There are no medical tests for diagnosing Autism.  A doctor who specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders has to observe the communication, socialization and his or her activities and interests. According to the Autism Society there is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.

Here are some statistics from the CDC:

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

*The data continue to show that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls. White children are more likely to be identified as having ASD than are black or Hispanic children.

*Levels of intellectual ability vary greatly among children with autism, ranging from severe intellectual challenges to average or above average intellectual ability. The study found that almost half of children identified with ASD have average or above average intellectual ability (an IQ above 85)

The statistics say 1 in 68, well my family was blessed to have two sons diagnosed with a form of Autism.  One shows more prevalent characteristics of it than the other.  But at times you can see it in them both.  And both of my sons are smarter than a whip.

(I previously introduced my son Jonathan in blog and I will introduce Zachary tomorrow. )

I feel the fact is that so many children having autism we should all be more aware of this epidemic.  More conscious to others and their surroundings.  Not to be so quick to judge a child and parent because you personally do not like what you see or hear.  There’s a saying “Unless you walked a mile in my shoes don’t judge me”.

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