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Give Autism a Voice

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.

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  1. I haven’t heard about this disease till I read this article. Great article, Judy, thank you. Take care!

  2. It’s clear from your article that there needs to be some consistency to the way the public schools approach these kids.

  3. So sad. I was upset when my boy was diagnosed with dyspraxia and social anxiety, so I can imagine how much more devastated the diagnosis of autism is.

  4. There’s this one girl in my school who has this disease and she has to get all of this special help. I feel bad for her…

  5. Chan, Joe, Anne, and Alexa, thank you for reading and sharing your comments. Your support means a lot.

  6. The video makes you think twice about what you do with your money.

  7. Jared, I am so glad you watched the video. I don’t care if anyone reads my article, but when you watch the video the band makes a contribution. Thank you, Jared.

  8. Judy,
    I’ve added the video to my favorite so I can visit it every day. Your article is very educational, and very comprehensive. Thank you!

  9. Thank you, Icy. Your efforts are so appreciated.

  10. It is heartbreaking for the parents of a child who has autisum. As I understand it,there is no known treatment but doctors have had some success with different treatments. We need more grants to find a cure.

  11. Thank you for reading and commenting. Perhaps we can play a part in finding a cure.

  12. It is so sad and heartbreaking news for the parents if their child is diagnosed with autism. Your article is very informative.

  13. Valli, thank you for reading and leaving your comment.

  14. Thank you for this article. Friends of ours have an autistic son who is eight. He was only diagnosed just before he started school, and the family has been to hell in back trying to deal with it. They were able to get help through the school board here in Ontario, but because of township boundries, they had to sell their dream home and move 3-4 miles away to be able to access the therapy needed.CRAZY!! Children with this disease are ALL entitled to help no matter where they live. Great article.

  15. Lanne, you are so welcome. My purpose of writing this article was to help this children and their families. The earlier the diagnosis and intervention, the better chance they have. Thank you for reading, and God bless your friends and their child.

  16. Thank you Judy, this info is very helpful and much needed for my own grandson –Shirley

  17. Shirley, I am saddened that you have had to experience the heart break of a child with autism. It is my hope that in writing this article, I might aid in raising awareness, treatments, and a cure for autism. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  18. I had no idea this disease was so common. Thank you for an excellent article.

  19. Moses, thanks for reading anc commenting.

  20. I am Lucys sister. I would very much like to know where her comment has gone?

    You are claiming to be trying to raise awareness, but the second someone who does know what they are talking about comes along and corrects you, you delete the comment. She has autism, she is far more qualified to speak on the matter than you are, she was trying to raise awareness on the true nature of autism, and you delete it.

    Finding a cure to autism is like finding a cure for blue eyes. It’s insane. Anyone who knows and loves someone with autism would understand that autism is not a disease that needs to be stamped out. It’s a barrier that needs help and most importantly understanding for them to try and cross. It is of course harder for some children than others, but that doesn’t make autism and ugly blot on thier personality that needs to be removed.

    And just to repeat something my sister said, which has now gone (written in captials for emthasis, not to imply shouting):
    AUTISM IS NOT A DISEASE

  21. Louise S, I apologize for the misconception, autism is a disorder, not a disease. After I found out how upset Lucy was yesterday, I nearly deleted my article. As I said in my first paragraph, the band “Five for Fighting” have pledged $.49 for everyone who views their video. I have seen varying degrees of autism. I have seen children who cannot speak or relate to others at all, and those who function very well. It was my hope to ease the transistion for those who cannot interact, as they have much better chances with early intervention. If the funds were collected, would they not go towards a fund earmarked to assist the families and children? If you want, I will delete this article. I am not in it for profit. Please advise. I await your response.

  22. AUTISM IS NOT A DISEASE!!!!!!! AND I DONT CARE IF I AM SHOUTING!

  23. Loiza, you are absolutely correct. I have requested a fix on my error, and apologize. If you stop back I do hope that Triond has it corrected by then.

  24. Hi Judy, BC Doan has nominated this article of yours for the WOW Award of the Year 2008… and I can see now why he did that! Check it out here: http://www.writinghood.com/Online-Writing/The-WOW-Award-of-the-Year-2008.365283

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