World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day


SERIOUSLY HURT AND WILL BE OKAY. DICK. WELL, ANDREA, TODAY IS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE WILL BE LIGHTING IT UP BLUE AS WE ARE, ANDREA AND I, SHINING TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON AUTISM AND CELEBRATE INDIVIDUALS ON THE SPECTRUM, AS WE SAY. WHEN IT COMES TO AUTISM, EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS KEY AND PARENTS NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR. JOINING US LIVE IS LISA, SHE’S THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR AUTISM SPEAKS, THE NATION’S LARGEST AUTISM ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION. LISA, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. AND IT’S — AS YOU KNOW, IT’S DIFFICULT WHEN PARENTS SUSPECT THEIR CHILD MAY HAVE AUTISM, BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU KNOW? WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGN? RIGHT. SO THERE ARE SIGNS PARENTS SHOULD LOOK FOR. NO BIG SMILES BY SIX MONTHS, NO BACK AND FORTH GESTURING BY 12 MONTHS IF THERE AREN’T ANY BABBLING — IF THERE’S NOT ANY BABBLING OR BACK AND FORTH. AND THEN AT 16 MONTHS, YOU’RE LOOKING FOR WORDS AND AT 24 MONTHS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR TWO- WORD WEATHER THEN HEATHERS. AND IF YOU DON’T SEE THOSE THINGS, PARENTS SHOULD TALK WITH THEIR PEDIATRICIANS. NOW, IS IT REALLY RIGHT DOWN TO THOSE NUMBERS, OR, YOU KNOW, IT COULD BE A FEW MONTHS BACK AND FORTH PARENTS SHOULD GO CRAZY RIGHT AWAY, IS THAT HOW IT IS? RIGHT. SO THOSE ARE GUIDELINES. HOWEVER, WE DO KNOW THAT INTENSIVE EARLY INTERVENTION YIELDS THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS. SO, YOU KNOW, WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS, IF THEY HAVE CONCERNS, ANY OF THOSE CONCERNS TO GO TO SPEAK SPEAK TO THEIR PEDIATRICIAN, GO TO AUTISMSPEAKS.ORG. WE HAVE A TOOL KIT CALLED FIRST CONCERNS TO ACTION THAT REALLY WALKS PARENTS THROUGH WHAT THEY CAN LOOK FOR AND HOW THEY CAN SPEAK TO THEIR PEDIATRICIAN ABOUT THOSE CONCERNS. AND THAT’S ESSENTIALLY THE FIRST STEP YOU SHOULD REALLY BE TAKING? YES. AND JUST HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THE THERAPIES? I MEAN, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE SAY YOU START EARLY. RIGHT. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN TIME? WHAT IS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE THERAPY? SO WE DO KNOW THAT EARLY INTENSIVE INTERVENTION YIELDS THE BEST RESULTS FOR CHILDREN. YOU WANT — IT’S HARD FOR PARENTS IF THEY THINK THAT THEIR CHILD IS STRUGGLING OR THAT THERE’S A CHALLENGE. IF THEY GET A DIAGNOSIS, THEY’LL HAVE A ROAD MAP FOR THE PROPER TREATMENT THAT THAT CHILD NEEDS, AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THIS IS THE SAME CHILD AS BEFORE YOU HAD THAT DIAGNOSIS, YOU’RE JUST PROVIDING THEM WITH THE SUPPORT AND THE HELP THAT THEY NEED TO BE THE BEST CHILD THAT THEY CAN BE. RIGHT. HOW HARD IS IT A PARENT TO ALMOST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT? ARE PARENTS SAYING, GEE, I DON’T WANT TO GO THERE AND IT PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM JUMPING IN RIGHT AWAY, IS THAT WHAT HAPPENS? FOR SOME PARENTS IT IS DIFFICULT, AND FOR OTHERS, THEY KNOW THAT THERE IS SOMETHING BUT, YOU KNOW, NO MATTER WHAT, IT’S YOUR CHILD AND YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE BEST FOR THAT CHILD AND SO IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THOSE SIGNS, UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT AND SEEK HELP WHEN THEY NEED IT. OKAY. TELL US ABOUT — I JUST SAID THAT WE’RE ALL DRESSED IN BLUE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE LIGHT UP THE BLUE CAMPAIGN. TELL US ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN. SO TODAY, APRIL 2nd IS WORLD AUTISM DAY. YOU HAVE YOUR BLUE ON. I DIDN’T NOTICE IT FIRST, BUT IT’S THERE. IT’S THERE. WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY, 147 COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, OVER 11.000 BUILDINGS, WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO WEAR BLUE. LIGHT IT UP BLUE TO SUPPORT THOSE WITH AUTISM, THE 70 MILLION PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AROUND THE GLOBE. 70 MILLION. 70 MILLION PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY AUTISM AROUND THE WORLD. AND THE REAL FRUSTRATION I’M SURE YOU KNOW THIS IS JUST THE LEVEL OF THE RESEARCH. WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF THE RESEARCH? THERE’S REALLY NO KNOWN CAUSE OF AUTISM, CORRECT? RIGHT. BUT THE RESEARCH HAS YIELDED SOME RESULTS. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A GENETIC PREDISPOSITION. IT’S NOT WHAT WE KNOW FROM RESEARCH, IT’S NOT ONE GENE, JUST LIKE THERE’S NOT ONE TYPE OF AUTISM. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE KNOW THAT THERE’S AN ENVIRONMENTAL TRIGGER AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO FUND RESEARCH SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT THAT ENVIRONMENTAL TRIGGER IS, AND ALSO SO THAT WE CAN FIND THE TREATMENT AND SUPPORT THAT PEOPLE NEED THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFETIME, THOSE AFFECTED BY AUTISM. WELL, LISA, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND EVERYBODY WITH THE LIGHT UP THE BLUE CAMPAIGN. GOOD LUCK TODAY THANK YOU.

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  1. World Autism Day???  How about taking the Sodium Fluoride out of the drinking water and educating teachers about Normal child behavior.  Most of the teachers we have today have clue about how to Identify with their student's personalities.

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