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April 2021
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Child Development
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 21Alt Education
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In the USA, the first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in
April of 1970. A nationwide eort
was launched to promote autism awareness, educate the public, enable inclusion and self-deter mination for all, and ensure that
each person with autism is provided
 the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
Autism is a complex developmental
 disability with a wide spectrum of symptoms characterized by
diculties in the way a person
communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be be present from birth or form during early childhood (typically within
the rst three years). Autism is
a lifelong neuro-developmental disability with no single known
cause. People with autism are classed as having Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and
the terms autism and ASD may often be used interchangeably. People with autism have a set of symptoms unique to themselves
(no two people are the same),
with a wide range in severity.
Common Autism Characteristics
While no two people with autism will exhibit the same set of symptoms, there are common characteristics found in those with this complex disability.
Briey, characteristics include:
Social Skills
People with autism often have problems interacting with others; autistic children may not have adequate playing and talking skills. Mild symptoms on one end of the spectrum may be displayed through clumsy behavior, being out of sync with those around them, and making inappropriate
or even oensive comments or
gestures. At the other end of the spectrum, an autistic person may not be interested in others at all.
Empathy is dened as the ability
 to recognize and understand the feelings and perspective of another person. People with
autism nd it harder to show
empathy to others, although they can be taught to acknowledge other people’s views and feelings.
Phsica Contact
In some cases, autistic people do not like physical contact, such as hugs, tickling, or physical play with others.
Sudden Environment Changes
Due to heightened sensitivity and dependence on routine, any sudden change in the surrounding
environment may aect a person
with autism negatively. Common
oending disruptions could be
loud noises, changes in intensity of lighting, alteration of visual aspects, or even changes in smell.
Speech can be aected in people
with autism. ‘Echolalia’ is a typical speech symptom in which the person repeats sounds and phrases that they hear. The speech tone of an autistic person
may be at or monotonous. When
symptoms are more extreme, the person may not speak or interact with others.
Changes in Behavior and Routine
People with autism often display repetitive behavior when they repeat the same action many times over. For example, a person with autism may repeatedly pace around a room in a certain direction. Any change to their behavior or routine can be unsettling for them. This could be a reordering of daily activities, such as the sequence when a person brushes their teeth, takes a shower, and has breakfast when they get up in the morning.Other characteristics of autism can include an unpredictable rate of learning, asynchronous cognitive, emotional, and physical development, obsessions, and physical tics.
Autism Is Widespread
Awareness Is Not
On March 27, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) released new data on the
prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance
study identied 1 in 54 children
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(1 in 34 boys and 1 in 144 girls)
diagnosed with autism spectrum
disorder (ASD). Researchers
suspect that gender bias in assessment and diagnoses of ASD
accounts for some of the difference in sex ratio statistics
Autism Awareness Month aims to make the public more aware of this widespread disability and issues in the autism community. The hope is that a better informed public will be more understanding and supportive towards people with autism.This month is sponsored by the Autism Society of America, which undertakes a number of activities to raise awareness about autism. The Autism Society has local chapters throughout the United States that hold special events throughout April.
The ‘Puzzle Ribbon’ is the ocial
symbol for Autism Awareness and is promoted by the Autism Society as means of supporting awareness for autism. The Puzzle Ribbons may take the form of pins attached to clothing, fridge magnets, or stickers, and are available to purchase from the Austism Society website. The Autism Society of America also runs a year long campaign
through their 1 Power 4 Autism
initiative, in which people are encouraged to hold events to raise awareness and support for
those aected by autism.
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