Autism has impacted the families with children who have the disorder.
Your View Helps the Cause
You may or may not have heard of the band “Five for Fighting”, but probably are aware of autism and the impact it has on families whose children have been inflicted with this disorder.
The band “Five for Fighting” have generously pledged $.49 for each time their video is watched. These moneys are ear marked to help find a cure for autism:
In this video you will watch young children who have been diagnosed with autism. They are beautiful young children, but for the most part they are silent, unable to interact as a normal child would. They do not know how to tell someone that they are hungry, thirsty, and sleepy, in pain, or just simply express love or wonder. They cannot ask the endless questions children are prone to ask.
I have given thanks to God many times for giving me relatively healthy children. Sure they had childhood illnesses, and one was diagnosed with ADHD, but these are all treatable. Many insurance plans do not offer satisfactory treatment plans to help intervene in autistic children’s lives and enable them to live a somewhat normal life. Early intervention can make all the difference in their ability to lead productive adult lives.
Warning Signs for Autism
These are not absolute indicators, but signals that a child should be evaluated. The earlier treatment begins the better chances for improvement.
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or after
- No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other interactions by 9 months or after
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back and forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No two-word meaningful phrases except for imitating or repeating by 24 months
- Loss of speech or social skills that the child earlier displayed
This information provided by First Signs, Inc. and available at Autism Speaks.
What is Autism?
It is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout one’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders or ASD. It is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, striking 1 in 150. It does not discriminate against race, socioeconomic groups, or ethnic groups, but is four times more likely to effect boys than girls. It impairs the victim’s ability to communicate and relate socially. It also is associated with obsessive compulsive behaviors and the need of rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, with symptoms ranging from mild to quite severe.