April is Autism Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about Autism spectrum disorder.
You may ask what is Autism? Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.
While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.
Over 3.5 million Americans live with Autism, so chances of you knowing someone with it high!
What can I do?
Be informed. Educate yourself on the topic.
Awareness is KEY. Speak to other families or individuals in your family who care for someone with Autism to learn more.
Be an advocate. Advocating can come in many forms. Support a friend, use your platform to share statistics and important information, donate to a cause or fundraiser supporting awareness and research!
Be an encouraging Mom and lend a helping hand to another mom raising a child with Autism. Send a gift card, make a gift basket, send a supportive text/email just to let her know that you are thinking of her!