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National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. Learn more from the Autism Society.

An excellent blog by the mother of a son with autism is Into the Woods, Living Deliberately. She writes beautifully about her life, overall, and raising both of her children.

An estimated 1 in 110 children born right now in the United States--and 1 in 70 boys--is affected by ASD.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides information on Autism Spectrum Disorders, here are some of the signs in children possibly affected by ASD:

Not respond to their name by 12 months
Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
Not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months
Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
Have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
Have delayed speech and language skills
Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
Give unrelated answers to questions
Get upset by minor changes
Have obsessive interests
Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Unfortunately, little is known about the causes of ASD, and there is no cure at this time. What we do have is hope for the future and the ability to do what we can to make the lives of the families affected by ASD better now.


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