Sunday, April 26, 2009

Finally! Let's Look at Autism

It has been over a month(!!) since I posted! Wow. Well I couldn't let April pass without doing my part to to talk about autism. Autism touches the lives of so many people. That includes some people close to me, and one of those people is me.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. There are more than half a million children with some form of autism in this country alone.
Autism is the second leading childhood development disorders, but most people do not even know what autism is. With so many autistic children in America, it would be a good idea to try Understanding Autism. For valuable information, check the National Autism Association.

Autism does not affect children exclusively. There is more than one kind of this dreaded disorder:
  • Classic Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, not otherwise specified
Visit this site to learn more about these different types.

Pay special attention to Asperger's Syndrome. Although people who have Asperger's may have awkward social skills, they are often extremely intelligent and successful. Remember Mozart, Einstein, and Madame Curie had Asperger's. Let's look further at the author of our Declaration of Independence and our third president Thomas Jefferson -- yes, he had Asperger's, too.

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1 comment:

Autism Dad said...

Thanks for bringing attention to the ASD community. As a parent of an ASD kid, I appreciate the increased information about ASD out there in the world and the consequent increase in understanding of people on the autism spectrum.