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Day 219 – Awareness Months

canadian-money-1238713-639x852I was in the middle of posting on Facebook when I noticed how long my post was going to be and thought perhaps I needed to get this done on my blog which has been neglected this year. What better time to add a new post then on Autism Awareness Month!

My post was to point out 2 Awareness campaigns going on during the month of October. It is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in Canada it is Autism Awareness month. Read More

Day 152: What Do We Know About Autism

What do we know about Autism?  Very little, I’m afraid.

Autism is more difficult to recognize than most childhood afflictions.  There are no physical traits to see only behaviours that in the early years are only slightly off the normal pattern of development.  Since every child with Autism is unique, there aren’t typical symptoms to recognize when a child has Autism. There isn’t a chart where you can outline what is going to happen with your child through each phase.

There isn’t anything that shows up in a blood sample, x-ray, MRI or CT scan.  It doesn’t affect only certain races or sex.  There isn’t a definitive cause for Autism yet and there is no cure not even a fail proof treatment or pill to keep the symptoms at bay.

What we do know is that Autism is now affecting 1 in 88 children in the US.  Between the years 1993 and 2003 the incidences of Autism rose 800% which tells me that this is an epidemic and soon the next generation will be dealing with Autism in every single household.