There is one thing in this world that has always been very misunderstood. This happens to be Autism. As a Mom, it was something I was very concerned about affecting my family. I have always researched Autism, how it affects children, families and everyone involved. Over the years of having children, I have also learned that Autism is a very misunderstood diagnosis, and something many are led to believe is like the end of the world when it happens to their families.
One website I have been following for several years now, and one I am a huge supporter of happens to be Autism United. They are a website dedicated to helping raise Autism Awareness world wide. Here is some of the information that AutismUnited has provided to help us have a better understanding of what Autism is.
About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is what’s known as a “pervasive developments disorder.” What this translates to, is a condition that affects the social and communication skills of a person. To a greater or lesser degree, (depending on the severity of the condition), motor and language skills. When this diagnosis was introduced it was done so with such a broad range that there can be many variations. For example a person with autism can be fairly chatty or silent; they can range from high IQ’s to mental retardations. No two people with autism can be described as the same since one can be extremely affection and the other complete cold.
Autism can be characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and no verbal communication or severely limited activities and interests. Autism is known as autism spectrum disorder and can include Asperger Syndrome, Rett syndrome and other disorders not otherwise categorized. There are three distinct behaviors that characterize autism. Autistic children have extreme difficulties with social interaction of any kind, the inability to communicate verbally and non verbally and the repetitive behaviors that are obsessive in interest. These behaviors can range from mild cases to disabling.
It is important to note that people with autism can be termed what known as “high functioning”. This means they are able to obtain an education, hold a job and can live independently. While others diagnosed with autism can need treatment and psychiatric care long term. There is a broad range in this diagnosis, but generally people with autism have trouble functioning in society.
Some who have been diagnosed with autism may benefit from behavioral therapy which will develop their social and interpersonal skills. With this diagnosis, it is highly unlikely that a person with autism will ever be able to form a relationship if their case is severe. With the inability to communicate, share information and discuss experiences, it can be next to impossible. Correctional therapy can be intensive, but if diagnosed early may assist in the difficulties which would present them selves on a daily basis.
Autism is a complex disorder. A comprehensive evaluation should be done by a team or multidisciplinary. This would include a psychologist, a neurologist, a psychiatrist and speech therapist. Having these team members conduct a thorough neurological assessment. These assessments include cognitive, language and hearing testing. With different issues, they can present similar to symptoms of autism. Having an evaluation done by a host of professionals who can diagnose autism is the most concrete way to get your information. Once your assessment is complete, you can then move forward to treatment.
Autism United’s Objectives to Raise Awareness
Autism is a topic many do not fully understand. It is a topic that has many levels and many difficulties, making it an even harder topic to understand. Autism United has teamed up to help raise Autism awareness nationwide. Helping educate those in need is an important objective for many, including all those apart of Autism United. By becoming a quality resource of information, Autism United allows millions of people to develop a better understanding of Autism and what people are experiencing.
The following are a few of the Autism United objectives:
- Raise autistic awareness
- Bring together a community of people dealing with Autism
- Share stories of inspiration
- Provide quality information and help to those in need
- Work with top autistic research facilities
- Provide special education and developmental learning resources
Autism United wants to help empower those learning to deal with autism and all the trials that can be experienced. By providing the necessary education, training and information Autism United has the ability to help those in need of assistance with children with Autism.
There are several things a parent will want to become aware of when dealing with a child with Autism. By determining the levels of functioning within children with Autism people are given the ability to stay informed fully. It is important to understand the levels of Autism to understand your autistic child.
Autism United has taken the time to become a qualified resource for families and friends of autistic children. By helping raise public awareness of Autism through community education and services, Autism United has allowed themselves to become a renowned source for autistic help and information.
There are many Autism objectives that millions of people are trying to achieve. By teaming together to help reach all these objectives, people are successfully completing many of these objectives. Every autistic child deserves the opportunity of great success and happiness, and by helping raise Autism awareness, these Autism objectives are becoming easier to complete every year.
It is time to stand together and make those simple words, I love you, have even more meaning by helping raise awareness now. Autism is something affecting millions of people nationwide, and it is time more become informed of what Autism is. Help raise Autism awareness now and complete the many objectives and goals easily together.