#PoetsforAutism

Autism Facts

Autism is a neurological condition that affects 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls. It’s one of the most fastest growing conditions in the world, with about 70 million diagnosed people around the world. It’s incurable, but there are advanced methods for learning to cope.

It’s characterized as a series of conditions that affects social skills, behaviors and communication. There are differences in each case due to environmental and genetic causes. This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some causes:

Environmental:
-Maternal immunal response during pregnancy
-Parental exposure to toxins
-Age at conception
-Maternal nutrition
-Pre-maturity
Genetics:
-There is no single “Autism gene.”
-There are 65 genes thought to be strongly linked to Autism
-200 are thought to be weakly linked

Autism can develop as early as 18 months, but tends to show around 2 or 3 years old. Early intervention can improve the life of a child with Autism.

ADHD, seizures, and gastrointestinal disorders are often described as accompanying those with autism.

Click here to learn the signs of Autism, and what actions you should take if you think your child has it. It’s important to not wait, and to take action to help your child have a full life.

Here are additional resources:

Globalautismproject.org
—“Applied Behavior Analysis,” –teaching patients a set of scientific laws and principles about human behavior to help them understand social cues, which come naturally to non-autistic people.

Spectrumnews.org
—Includes general information about Autism spectrum conditions.

Autismspeaks.org
—Includes information about Autism, and actions families can take to educate themselves.

Let’s Work Together 

Being diagnosed with Autism is not a death sentence, but many people treat it that way. Let’s raise awareness for Autism, and help educate affected families on the resources they have at their  disposal.

Let’s do that by dedicating poems to autistic children, their families, and the experience of being autistic, or having an autistic family member. You don’t have to be Shakespeare or Poe, all you need is the hashtag: #poetsforautism

Post your poems to your social media accounts with the hashtag to show your support for families with Autistic children!

 

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