Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Do you Love Someone who is Autistic?

I do!!  Let's celebrate the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and warmly welcome and embrace them in our communities all around the globe. 

April 2010 is 'Autism Awareness Month', and today I was sent a link with 'ten websites worth checking out if your child has autism' from a friend of mine in the US, which has lots of useful information.  I particularly think that the About Autism pdf document has some useful points on what autism actually is.

I have chosen to 'Light It Up Blue' (my Facebook profile) for this month, in celebration of my autistic son's wonderful spirit which shines brighter every day!

Another amazing place to visit is the National Autistic Society website, here in the UK.

Some Autism FACTS

  • Autism is no longer seen as a rare condition and is thought to affect around 535,000 people in the UK today.
  • The first detailed description of a child we now know had autism was written in 1799 by Jean Itard in his account of the wild boy of Aveyron.
  • Autism is a complex developmental disability involving a biological or organic defect in the functioning of the brain.
  • Autism has nothing whatsoever to do with the way parents bring up their children.
  • With the right structured support within and outside of school, individuals with autism can be helped to reach their full potential.
  • People with autism are often keen to make friends but, due to their disability, find this difficult.
  • Autism is an invisible disability - most people with an autism spectrum disorder look just like anyone else who does not have this condition.
  • Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no cure. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
  • People with autism who have an extraordinary talent are referred to as 'autistic savants'. Savants are rare: Between 2 and 3% of the UK population have some degree of learning disability, but only 0.06% of these were initially estimated to possess an unusually high level of specific ability. Savant ability is more frequently associated with those having some form of autism rather than with other disabilities. Current thinking holds that at most 1 or 2 in 200 individuals with an autism spectrum disorder might have a genuine savant talent. However, there is no reliable frequency estimate as yet as there is still no register of people with autism in the UK.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this!! My best friends daughter has savant tendencies. She is amazing with dates - they all have meaning for her, also.

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  2. Hi Pam, thanks for your comment, how old is your best friend's daughter? My son is amazing with numbers, he's only 4, but I think this will be a strong area in his life.

    :-)

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