Autism has always been a condition that leaves a question mark in people’s minds. It often gets confused with other forms of brain dysfunction or mental illness. According to the Autism Society of America, 60 people each day are diagnosed with autism. Still, treatment of autism is varied and in order to find the best treatment, it is important for each family to be educated and aware.
Autism is so mysterious because, unlike many other disorders, there is no single known cause or treatment. What one child may respond to may have little or no effect on another child. According to the Autism Society of America, what seems to make the biggest difference in the life of an autistic child is early diagnosis, intervention, service and support. Children do not outgrow autism, but with the right services and support, they can live improved and meaningful lives.
The Autism Society of America is one of the best places to become more informed about autism. Founded in 1965, it is a place that people have come to trust as being a reliable source of information, support and referral. It also supports research in regard to the area of autism. There is ongoing research on the causes of autism, which include how environmental factors may contribute to the disorder. Each year in July, the Autism Society of America hosts a conference on the disorder and it has dubbed April as National Autism Awareness Month.
Not only is the Autism Society of America a great place to go for referrals and information, it is the best place for a family to go for support in dealing with an autistic child. There are a huge range of situations a family must be ready for when caring for a child who is autistic. These children are in the public arena, attending school, joining clubs, participating in sports and recreation. It is important for families to be informed as to how to help their child integrate into those situations. It is also important for families to help the child by knowing what to do in emergency situations.
Whether you deal directly with someone suffering from autism or not, it is important for you to be as aware as you can about the disorder. The Autism Society of America website is filled with information to help you come to a clearer understanding of autism. When families who must deal with autism have a supportive community, the effects are far reaching.
For more information about autism, follow these links:
Autism Society of America
World Autism Awareness Day
Autism Awareness and Clip Art