Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A is for.................Autism

                            


                        Autism Awareness Month is April, but do you know what Autism is?

I have seen various posts on peoples social networking pages today about the fact that this month is Autism Awareness month, with many people saying it should be every day, not just one month. Autism effects so many families in the UK, it is actually difficult to place statistics on the subject, although NHS Choices estimates there are cases of Autism effecting 1 in every 100 children . But just what is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability which affects they way people communicates and relates to others. It is a lifelong condition which also affects the way a person can view the world around them, making things often confusing a frustrating.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that the way it affects one person can be totally different from the way it affects another. Some people with Autism are light, sound, taste and smell sensitive whilst others have learning disabilities which require long term support. It can make the person very anxious and they often find social situations extremely difficult to endure.

There are three main areas of difficulty people with Autism share, which are often known as the "Triad of Impairments". These are :

1. Difficulty with social communication

2. Difficulty with social Interaction

3. Difficulty with Social Imagination

Autism can be detected in children from the age of 2 onwards, but this can be difficult to diagnose until they get older and the symptoms intensify and become more noticeable.

NHS choices says :

"Children with moderate symptoms who have average or above-average intelligence often grow up to be independent adults with jobs, long-term relationships and children.

Children with more severe symptoms who have below-average intelligence are likely to find it difficult to live independently as adults and may need additional care and assistance. However, there is no reason why they cannot enjoy a good quality of life."


For more information on Autism and for help for parents with children with Autism, you can use the following links:

http://www.autism.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Autism/Pages/Parentsguidetoautism.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/01/parents-children-autism-cure







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