Unlocking Autism “One Door, One Child at a Time!”
Unlocking Autism • Still rare only 10 years ago, autism affected one in 10,000 children. • Today, one in 250 children in the United States of America has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) • An increase of 4,000%
What is Autism? • Autism is a developmental disability that affects a person’s senses and ability to communicate and socialize. • Autism generally appears between 15 and 20 months of age. In most cases, the child is progressing normally, and than begins to regress losing speech, social skills and physical abilities.
What is Autism? • While there are varying degrees of severity, most children withdraw into a world of their own. • Autism affects boys five times more than girls, although with current research, the numbers of females with Asperger Syndrome might be closer to 50/50.
Autism affects over 1,500,000 people in the USA. • Autism is more common than Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. • A recent poll shows that one in four Americans knows someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What is Autism? • Many with an ASD cannot assess sensory input properly. Many cannot perceive fear or dangerous situations, nor can they filter and ignore stimulus. • People with Autism typically have a host of biomedical and neurological problems. Many suffer because they cannot absorb vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Liver and kidney functions are impaired causing their bodies to store up high levels of toxins. Their immune systems are significantly compromised.
Autism is a lifelong disability with normal life expectancy. Currently there is no cure. However, the symptoms of autism can be greatly reduced by early diagnosis and treatment. • While many of the symptoms are the same, each child is affected differently and to varying degrees of severity. Early Intervention is critical.
The Silent Epidemic • Autism has truly become America’s silent epidemic.
Is Your Child at Risk? • Early Intervention can help. • We can help you find answers. National Hot Line 1-866-366-3361 www.UnlockingAutism.com
Is your Child at Risk for Autism? • Does your 18 month old child’s language development seem slow? Has he lost words he once had? • Is he unable to follow simple commands such as “Bring me your shoes?” • When you speak to him does he look away rather than meet your gaze?
Does he answer to his his/her name? • Do you or other suspect hearing loss? • Does he/she have unusually long attention span? • Does he/she often seem to be in their “own” world?
A Typical 18 Month Old Child will typically do the following: • Point to objects. • Interact with siblings. • Bring you items to look at. • Look directly at you when you speak to him or her.
Follow your gaze to locate an object when you point across the room. • Engage in “pretend play” such as feeling a doll or making a toy dog bark.
Autism is a developmental disability that impairs social and language development. It occurs in families from every class, culture and ethnic background. It is not an mental illness, although some develop co-morbid conditions and autism is not caused by trauma. It is an neurobiological disorder and its symptoms can be greatly reduced by early diagnosis and treatment. • If you are concerned about your answers to some of the above questions, speak to your pediatrician about an autism screening. • An early diagnosis provides the “best” chance for success.
After the Diagnosis • When a child is diagnosed, or when someone first indicates that a child “might” have an autism spectrum disorder, a parent has very few places to turn. We know to well what it is like to walk through those devastating few months after a diagnosis with no place to turn. We want to make that journey easier for other parents by giving them a shoulder to lean on, a place to start and resources to equip them as they begin their travel down this road of loving and caring for someone with autism.
Unlocking Autism • There are many autism organizations and service providers. We applaud them for their wonderful work that they are doing. • Unlocking Autism is only to enhance “their” work – to harness and network their wisdom and kindness. • Our National Call Center and Parent-ot-Parent Network of over 250 Representatives nationwide are here to assist each and every family and service provider facing the issues of autism.
How to Contact Us? • If you have information you would like to make available to our caller’s, please send it to: Unlocking Autism P.O. Box 237 Walker, LA 70785
To support the National Call Center or make a contribution or donation with your credit card, please go to: www.UnlockingAutism.org