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Monday, April 8, 2013

Autism Awareness Month


April is Autism Awareness Month and is important for parents of kids with Autism to spread the word that Autism is on the rise and bring awareness to it. Even the Empire State Building, a landmark in New York, is lighting up blue in celebration of the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.

With Autism on the rise, there is a need to put an end to the increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with Autism. Statistics reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) now say that 1 in 88 children have been identified with Autism.
 
What you need to know:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
  • ASDs are reported to occur in......all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Persons with Down syndrome have a 5-7% chance of becoming Autistic.
  • Early intervention is the best chance for helping an individual with Autism be successful.
  • Persons with Autism process and see things differently.
  • While persons with autism have some of the same characteristics, no two have all of the same symptoms: may have self-stimulatory behaviors (such as hand flapping, vocal utterances, repetitive behaviors), may be aggressive or be self-injurious, may scream for no reason, and may not be able to talk.
  • Get involved with an Autism support group.
  • Learn how to advocate medical and educational needs for your child.
  • Hold our government responsible to find the reason for Autism and the increasing numbers.

 
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Contributed by Cyndi Burns, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine and mother to a son who has been diagnosed with both Downs Syndrome and Autism. Cyndi (picture above on the left) and her son are working with Dr. Elizabeth Mumper (pictured above on the right), a DAN! (Defeat Austism Now) pediatrician.

DAN! is a project that originated in the 1960’s by Dr. Bernard Rimland, who had an autistic son. DAN! physicians are trained in the “DAN! protocol” which is based on the biomedical theory of Autism.  DAN! doctors feel that autism is a disorder caused by a combination of lowered immune response, external toxins from vaccines and other sources, and problems caused by certain foods.

Dr. Mumper trained with Dr. Rimland and, today, trains physicians to be DAN! practitioners at The Rimland Center in Lynchberg, VA.

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