What Is the Autism Spectrum?
Autism is a complex brain disorder, affecting 1 in 88 children. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
The “autism spectrum” describes a set of developmental delays and disorders which affects social skills, communication skills, motor and language skills. It is such a broad diagnosis that it can include people with high IQ’s , those affected can be chatty or silent, affectionate or cold, methodical or disorganized. “Autism Spectrum” is also another, less formal term to describe the Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Official diagnoses within the autism spectrum are autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett’s Syndrome.
Some affected are mild while others are severe. The symptoms aren’t always the same even within the same diagnosis. What’s worse, terms like “severe autism,” “mild autism” and “high functioning autism” aren’t true diagnoses at all – they’re just descriptive terms to help parents and teachers better understand a child’s status on the autism spectrum.
Often times parents get the run around from pediatricians and other professionals when it comes to concerns they have about their child. It takes months and years to get proper diagnoses and services. Go with your gut if you think something is wrong get a second opinion.
There is typically a two year waiting list for services for our children. We do not have time to wait, they need therapies now! There is a generation of children entering the school systems that have not had vital therapies and the schools and teachers are still learning how to handle these kids. Teachers and everyone that come in contact with our children need to be trained about autism and understanding their behaviors. Sometimes behaviors are their only way of communicating. Knowledge is power and A.N.G.E.L., Inc. strives to educate everyone involved.
All children are different and what works for one may not work for another. Never give up because there is so much hope for our kids. They are very smart, but locked in this world of autism and we need to find alternate methods to communicate with them. With faith, hope, love and patience these children can make huge gains in life. Autism is treatable. Please help us, help them.