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April is national autism a wareness month

April is

National Autism

Awareness Month

April is national autism a wareness month

What is Autism?

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Persuasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other persuasive developmental disorders are PDD-NOS (Persuasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrated Disorder. Many parents and professionals refer to this as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

April is national autism a wareness month

Did You Know?

  • Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys

  • Autism prevalence figures are going

  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, & cancer combined.

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

Did you know cont

Did You Know? Cont.

  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade

  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism

  • These is no medical detection or cure for autism

April is national autism a wareness month

What Can You Do?

Here in Denver, we have an organization called the Autism Society of Colorado. They are always looking for volunteers.

Here is there contact information:

Autism Society of Colorado

1st Bank Building

550 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

Suite 100

Lakewood, CO 80226

720.214.0794 office

720.274.2744 fax


April is national autism a wareness month

Signs & Symptoms

Social Skills

  • Fails to respond to his or her name

  • Has poor eye contact

  • Appears not to hear you at times

  • Resists cuddling and holding

  • Appears unaware of others’ feelings

  • Seems to prefer playing alone retreats into his or her “own world

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Signs & Symptoms cont.


  • Starts talking later than other children

  • Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences

  • Does not make eye contact when making requests

  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech

  • Can’t start a conversation or keep one going

  • May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn’t understand how to use them

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Signs & Symptoms cont.


  • Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning, or hand-flapping

  • Develops specific routines or rituals

  • Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals

  • Moves constantly

  • May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car

  • May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain



  • http://www.autismcolorado.org/

  • http://www.autismspeaks.org

  • http://www.autism-society.orh

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autism/DS00348

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