Join us today in celebrating Autism Awareness Day. Today we join millions across the nation in raising awareness about autism throughout our office and community. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder, affects nearly 1 in 54 children in the United States and refers to a range of social and behavioral conditions. Those diagnosed with autism tend to struggle with speech, nonverbal communication, social queues, and tend to display repetitive behaviors. Signs of autism are usually displayed in early childhood, and early intervention often allows for positive outcomes later in life.
There are multiple types of autism, and most are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Autism is a type of spectrum disorder, and patients will have unique challenges, behaviors, learning styles, and lifestyle needs. Some patients may need less support from a parent or caregiver while others may need significant help in day-to-day activities.
Autism can frequently be accompanied by gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, seizures, sensory sensitivities, depression, anxiety disorders, and attention issues.
Our team invites you to participate in Autism Awareness Day and #LightUpWithKindness today and throughout the entire month! Below are some ways that you can participate in helping bring positivity, support, and autism awareness to our community:
- Light up your business or home with the color blue or wear blue clothing in support of autism awareness
- Download the Autism Speaks Selfie Frame and snap a photo of yourself showing your support for people with autism. Be sure to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #LightItUpBlue and #kindnesscounts.
- Donate to or help fundraise for autism-related resources. You can donate online on the Autism Speaks website, fundraise independently, or even get creative and fundraise on your social media. To set up a Facebook fundraising page for Autism Speaks, click here.
- Visit autismspeaks.org/wam where you can share resources to increase global understanding, acceptance, and awareness. Share these resources with others, including information on the Autism Response Team. This team provides real-time support, guidance, and reliable information and services.
- Be an advocate for the advancement of policies that support the autism community.
For more information about how you can help spread kindness and awareness this Autism Awareness Day, contact Alameda Pediatric Dentistry today.