April is National Autism Awareness month, a time to autism awareness and inclusion. This month is a great time to educate yourself and those around you of the complex mental condition that is ADS. Autism is characterized by the difficulties that the person has communicating and interacting with others. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that could be present since birth or form during early childhood.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects around 1 in 110 children in the United States and it has no known cause. Approximately 1 in 150 people in the US are affected by this disability which means that chances are you know someone who has ASD. People with autism often experience a wide range of symptoms and ASD doesn’t present in the same way with everyone.
ASD usually tends to show it’s most obvious signs at two or three years old but it can sometimes be diagnosed as early as eighteen months. There are medical conditions that have been found to correlate with ASD including gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disturbances, ADHD, seizures, and anxiety. Although children don’t ever outgrow autism, the symptoms and side effects can be treated.
This month is meant to inform and educate people about the complex disorder that is ASD. The best way that we can close the gap between people who have autism and people who don’t is by teaching people how to be empathetic and understanding. You can get involved in this month by informing yourself and those around you of this disability. You can also share the cause of this month on social media to spread the message and inform others. There are events that you can get involved in this month or you can host your own to raise awareness and funds towards research. Each of us can make a difference and help to close the gap between ASD and the world.