April is Autism Awareness Month, a chance to spread the word about the signs, challenges, and realities of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The campaign for Autism Awareness Month in 2020 is “Celebrating Differences.” Our differences are truly what makes us unique and the world a more exciting place, and that is something to celebrate! If you have a loved one who’s on the spectrum, connect with others and share your story by tagging #CelebratingDifferences on social media.

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” – Winnie The Pooh

Showing our support

During April, and every month, our facility can accommodate the needs of our patients with ASD. We pride ourselves on being sensory-conscious, offering families a calm and soothing environment, free of the over-stimulating atmosphere you’d find at a major ER.

Our cozy interior, friendly staff, and no wait times make for an easy, stress-free trip for the medical care your family deserves.

Understanding Autism

There is not a single known cause of autism, but environmental, biologic, and genetic factors can all play a part in developing ASD. Evidence shows that the “critical period” for developing ASD is before, during, and immediately after birth.

Common signs of autism include:

  • Delayed speech and communication skills
  • Heavily relying on rules and routine
  • Getting upset over minor changes
  • Unexpected reactions to sounds, sights, touch, smells, and tastes
  • Becoming obsessed with specific interests or objects
  • Difficulty understanding other’s feelings or emotions
  • Showing repetitive behavior (like rocking or flapping hands)
  • Not responding to their name by 12 months

In the past ten years, autism rates have risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 children in 2020. As concerning as the increasing occurrence rate is, doctors and scientists are not sure why it’s becoming more prevalent. Because of this, it’s essential that we raise awareness to keep up with the demand for support and services. The more we understand about autism, the better we can help those affected by ASD achieve the highest quality of life possible.

For a checklist of developmental milestones, free materials, and other ASD resources, visit the CDC’s webpage.

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