Autism Awareness Month

2013-04-09_autism _ribbonApril is Autism Awareness Month. I have mentioned my son Mykael who was diagnosed with autism 3 years ago and shared his journey with my readers. I have four sons and a daughter. It is more common than people realize that autism will likely impact a second child in the family, especially among boys. My 4-year-old Landen has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He is not like my son Mykael; he has very mild case of autism. He has verbal skills. He is able read and write for his age, but he lacks the social skills. In addition, he has an intense interest about all cars and trucks. He was diagnosed with Asperger's a year and half ago. 

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder (AD), is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative language and cognitive development. 

I wanted to share more about autism spectrum disorder. As I shared with you in my earlier blog, autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum--a 10-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four-five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17% annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.

2013-04-09_autism _speaksMy family lives with autism every day like so many families. I want make sure everyone is aware and has information about how you can get involved in the Autism Speaks Walk of 2013. Autism Speaks Walk will be held in Chicago at Soldier Field on May 18. We need everyone's support and if you still need community service hours to graduate, this is a wonderful community event that is near and dear to my heart. If you need more information please contact me directly or contact us at http://www.autismspeaks.org or 224-567-8573. 

Remember: Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Don't wait another minute and support the Awareness for Autism!!! 

Thank you for continued support of AOM blog. Good luck on finals and congratulations to our graduates of Spring 2013.