As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness Month. Educating people about autism is one of my goals. The more we learn about it, the more the people suffering with autism will be accepted in today's society. Here are a few facts about autism that you may or may not know.
* Autism affects 1 in 150 children.
* Autism is a life-long disability that is 4 to 5 times more prevelent in boys. One in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum.
* There is no cure for autism but treatment is available.
* Those affected by autism have a normal life span.
*Research has proven that people who have autism learn best in a structured environment.
* Autism affects those in all walks of life and in every country in the world.
* Autism is not caused by the way a child is raised. It is often present at birth or within the first 30 months of a child's life.
* Early intervention is the key for helping those on the autism spectrum.
* Autism affects 400,000 people in the US alone.
* Autism is the 3rd most common developmental disability.
* Autism research receives only 5% of that of other diseases and disorders.
* Effective treatment for autism includes vitamin and mineral supplements, special diet and medical intervention, though all of these things are experimental.
* It is believe that Omega 3 oils help those affected by autism.
* Autism treatment is often excluded by insurance companies.
* 67 children are diagnosed with autism every day.
* New cases of autism are diagnosed at the rate of approximately one every 20 minutes.
* Autism costs the US over $90 billion annually.
* The rate of autism that is diagnosed increases every year.
* More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with Aids, cancer and diabetes combined.
These are just a few facts about autism that might interested you. Please take note that when we put Brandon on Cod Liver Oil and Flaxseed Oil, we noticed an improvement in his behavior within six weeks. We cannot prove that this had any specific bearing on his Asperger's, but we believe that it did.
I went out into the garden today and my snowdrops are still blooming, my hyacinths are in bud, though I think the squirrels feasted on most of the bulbs this past winter because I can only find two and I had dozens. Grrr! My tulips are about 4 inches high and my poppies are growing their greenery. I saw several robins today and the red-winged blackbirds are gathering around the canal. Marshes areas and wetlands are their natural habitat. I'm so glad that signs of spring are popping up in our area. I enjoyed some outdoor time today and was alert to the sights and sounds of spring.
I wish all of my friends and readers a great day. Enjoy the harbingers of spring. It's been a long winter. ~Blessings, Mary~
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