April is Autism Awareness Month
It’s that time of year again – time for us to raise our voices in support of children and adults diagnosed on the autism spectrum. April is national Autism Awareness month, the official month designated to bring awareness to world about this complex disorder. At Family Centred Practices Group, we believe that every month should be Autism Awareness month.
That’s why we’ve started this blog. Through it, we will bring you up-to-date news, research and links to provide you with information, strategies and support related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
ASD is a complex developmental disability that affects nearly 1 in 88 children, primarily boys. It is more prevalent than ever before, with a 78% increase in reported cases since 2006.
ASD can be detected in children as young as 12 months. Early indicators may include lack of eye contact, limited imaginative play, disinterest in playing with other children and repetitive movements with objects and/or body parts.
Currently, the formal diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum disorder are: impairment in social interaction, impairment in communication, repetitive behaviors and restricted areas of interest.
Autism can be treated through applied behaviour analysis-based intervention programs. Children can progress in all areas of development. Whether it’s eating, sleeping, toileting, language or play, ABA provides a framework to teach your child just about anything. Not only can an ABA-based programs reinforce positive behaviours, they can also prevent your child from engaging in behaviours that may be interfering with his/her learning. These intervention programs aim to provide individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum with the skills required to lead healthy, productive lives.