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10 Things You Need To Know About Autism



autism awareness10 Things You Should Know About Autism

Autism awareness has come a long way in the last few years. More and more people are gaining an understanding of this widespread condition, but there are still a few things that it seems just won’t get through to some people. We asked our friends on Facebook the most important things they wish people knew about autism. Take a look at our list, then add your own questions and ideas in the comments!

1. Autism is more common than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer, and pediatric AIDS combined, affecting an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. The prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually.

2. Autism doesn’t have a “look.” Most children with autism look just like their typical peers.

3. Not all kids who have autism are Savants; they don’t all have some special skill or talent.

4. They are just children that need love like any other child.

5. There is no cure for autism...yet. However, therapy and treatment can help with autism management.

6. There are many positive sides to autism. Yes it is hard, but it is very rewarding and inspiring, and autism needs to be embraced.

7. Consistency is key when working with someone who has autism. Patience, consistency and positive reinforcement will help tremendously when trying to teach a new skill.

8. Children with autism may have a tendency to wander. Parents of wandering children with autism are not bad parents. They're doing the best they can.

9. Many people with autism struggle with communication, but if we take the time to listen, really listen, to our children, we can understand what they want and need.

10. Children with autism are capable of learning and doing anything they want to. Once you find the right way to teach them, there’s no stopping them. The sky is the limit!

Share this list with family and friends to raise awareness and understanding of autism. For more information, visit www.autismspeaks.org. Do you know someone who has been affected by autism? What have you learned from them that others don’t understand about this disorder? We would love to hear from you!

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I have an idea. It may or may not 
work, but the trying of one special 
need to communicate may be an answer to some... 
As with my great grandchild, I am 
using simple sign language. I use 
simple signs, then I say the word 
slowly. Like, eat. I raise my 
hand to my mouth and say eat while 
raising my hand. I'm usually doing 
this while feeding Shelby. She 
understands this (she's 6 months 
old). With some children with this 
condition, communication is difficult, but perhaps signing could be a way to reach them. Love 
(with your hand to your heart) and 
repeated gestures can assure them 
you want to help them ~ and they 
get the message. 
Thanks again for a wonderful look 
into this condition. Hope my 
suggestion helps. 
Posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2011 1:07 PM by Linda Britnell
Communication is key. And, since I 
am teaching my 6 month old great 
granddaughter sign language, I was 
wondering if this could be a key. 
Shelby is a normal 6 month old, but 
I am teaching her signing for our 
communication skills as well as 
verbal communication. 
She has learned that when I touch 
my mouth with my hand and say eat, 
she knows it's time to eat. She 
will play, knock the spoon out of 
my hand and make a mess, but it's a 
learning process. 
Perhaps signing with one of these 
beautiful children could be the key 
to opening the doors to communication. Simple signing and 
repeating the word it demonstrates 
is an education within itself. Those with communication problems 
would be less frustrated and perhaps more willing to learn in 
this fun way. 
Thanks for bringing this condition 
to the front for better understanding. Children are our 
future ~ be they "normal" or with 
other conditions, they too can be 
Posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2011 1:16 PM by Linda Britnell
Linda, it's great that you're teaching your great granddaughter sign language! It's a great tool for communication and one that many people with autism do use. There are a lot of ways for people with autism to communicate. They just have to find what works best for them! Thanks for your comment! -Emily
Posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 8:09 AM by Emily
Linda, I think it's great that you're teaching your great grandaughter sign language! It's a great communication tool and one that many people with autism do use. There are many ways for people with autism to communicate. They just have to find what works best for them! As always, thank you so much for commenting. We love hearing from you! -Emily
Posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 9:28 AM by Emily
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