5 on Friday

5 on Friday: Autism Awareness

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re already four days into April. April marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and I’m so privileged to work with children with autism and their families every day. I’m switching it up this Friday and sharing 5 things about autism to help increase awareness. 
1 in 68. The number of individuals diagnosed with autism. The CDC released this new number last week which is an increase from just two years ago when the number was 1 in 88.
Although scientists and researchers are still looking at causes, we do know it is a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. We also know what doesn’t cause autism. This can be a sensitive topic so when you’re consuming information I encourage you to make sure you’re reading scientific  peer reviewed research that’s published by credible sources. Googling autism, cures for autism, and causes of autism can lead you to all sorts on non-evidence based ideas and interventions. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. I’m sorry, sunshine will not “get rid of ” your child’s autism. 
Early intervention is key! Click here to learn more about the signs and symptoms of autism. If you think you’re child might have some of these signs or he/she isn’t meeting developmental milestones, please bring it up with your pediatrician. If they don’t address your concerns, seek a second opinion or reach out to an autism center in your area to get an evaluation. ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) combined with speech therapy, occupational therapy, and/or physical therapy can help build skills.
When talking about autism, use People First Language. Say children/adults with autism not autistic. 
 Light It Up Blue day was April 2nd so you may have seen lots of people wearing wear or puzzle pieces, which is the official color and symbol of autism awareness. The boys showed their support by wearing blue too!
Questions about something you’ve read? Want to get more involved with autism or autism awareness? Email me at cortneyandco@gmail.com

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