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Transcript of Autism
Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.
Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function.
Typically, autism affects individuals in five key areas:
Communication (verbal and non-verbal)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders including:
childhood disintegrative disorder
pervasive developmental delay
There is no cure for autism but there is treatment
Most professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better
Treatments for autism vary depending on the needs of the individual. In general, treatments fall into three categories:
Between the ages of birth and five the brain brain is flexible and can open new pathways to cognitive and social skills.
About 1 in 88 children are identified with an autism. (NOTE: This number does NOT include: PDD, Aspergers and other spectrum disorders. These statistics are endorsed by the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other federal organizations.)
ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls
1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an ASD
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability: 10 - 17 % annual growth
- Behavioral and communication therapy (25 hours per week)
- Medical and dietary therapy
- Complementary therapy
The average medical cost for those with an ASD is $4,110–$6,200 (or 5 times) greater than those without an ASD per year
Intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASDs cost $40,000 to $60,000 per year
Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention
10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes you Knew
Teach plainly / Teach visually
Handouts, pamphlets, checklists, guides
Talk to parents and other students*
Dealing with crisis (ie. meltdowns)
Forget eye contact
Give a warning before transitions
Be generous with praise
Use special interests to motivate
How to support the family
Some parents, like me, are very open about talking about their children and the diagnosis. But some parents may not want to discuss autism except perhaps with a close friend or family member.
Encourage other children to befriend and help the child with autism. Never tolerate anyone teasing or berating them.
Make a relationship with the child who has autism.
Make specific offers of help: babysit, do chores, bring over a meal, take sibling to do something during therapy times.
When a child is having a "melt down" it is okay to offer help.
Weighted excersize balls