As April draws to a close, it's time to look back on Autism Awareness Month. Lisa Goring of Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, discusses a kit that's available to parents of newly diagnosed children.
According to www.AutismSpeaks.org, "Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD)."
Many parents are overwhelmed once their child is diagnosed with autism. Roughly 1 out of 150 children are affected, making autism more prevalant than some may realize. Once their children are diagnosed, many parents are angry, confused and desperate for more information on the disorder.
In an effort to make sense of everything, Autism Speaks has developed a 100 Day Kit to help parents sort through the chaos. The kit includes some basic information on autism, tips for coping with the diagnosis and a weekly action plan to help parents get organized and get the help they need. "These are all suggestions that have been compiled by trusted autism professionals as well as parents of children with autism," says Goring.
The kit also focuses on both the emotional and physical well-being of the autistic child and their family. The guidebook can also be personalized to include autism resources available in your area. Early intervention is key, according to Goring. "With early intervention - and the right intervention - all of our kids make progress," she says.
For more information on the Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit, click here to visit the Family Services section of www.AutismSpeaks.org.
By Erin Petrun