April is Autism Awareness Month

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Autism is a neuro-developmental disability that impacts an individual’s ability to regulate sensory input, to communicate, to interact socially, and to learn in conventional ways. Autism is also a spectrum disorder and so affects each individual differently and at varying degrees. Early intervention is crucial to mitigate the degree of impact: by learning the signs early, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs.Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries Boys are five times more likely to have autism than girls.

Since Autism is considered a spectrum disorder, there is a wide variety of signs that they may vary in severity. Common indicators include:

  • Over and under sensitivity to senses: sound, sight, taste, touch and smell
  • Impaired social skills (i.e. no eye contact, no age appropriate peers and no emotional sharing)
  • Stereotypical or rigid repetitive behaviors (i.e. difficulties with change, abnormal preoccupation) Communication problems and difficulty understanding language (i.e. echolalia, delayed speech, non-responsiveness)
  • Problems understanding metaphors—prone to literal interpretation only
(Information courtesy: PACE)
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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I writes to collect smiles and donate to charities. I shares stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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