Travel Tips & Tricks
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What You Need to Know about Autism Spectrum Disorder
The CDC estimates that one in sixty-eight children is affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whether that is because there is more information available and more children are being identified with the disorder or whether there is truly an increase in the number of children with Autism is unknown.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability that can significantly impair a child's ability to communicate and interact socially. It is also often accompanied by other developmental issues. The abilities of people with Autism varies from gifted to significantly impaired. Many adults considered "quirky" actually may be high-functioning people with autism.
Some of the symptoms the disorder presents are:
Avoiding eye contact with others
Little interest in others ( although these people may have a lot of interest, but lack the ability to interact successfully)
Little empathy or ability to understand their own feelings
Not playing with toys appropriately( children with Autism may be engrossed with putting play cars in a straight line, for instance)
For other symptoms, visit the CDC website.
There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are no medical tests that confirm diagnosis, either. In fact, although scientists are confident there is a genetic component, we don't know what causes the disorder. The best hope of children diagnosed with the condition is early intervention. They can be helped to communicate and interact as well as to gain fundamental skills like walking and talking. The IDEA legislation ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) may provide early intervention services for children.
The true test is in living with the disorder. People who have the Autism Spectrum Disorder often act out in public and become frustrated easily. There are ways to live with Autism. Children who need tactile stimulation, for instance, can be given foam balls to squeeze. Rest periods can be enforced. Parents can learn to anticipate what social activities may frustrate their children and either plan for them or avoid them.
For more information on how to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder,contact us. Information, ideas on planning for trips and activities with a child who has Autism and support are only a click away.
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