Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
Along my personal journey, I encountered so much love, support, and appreciation from friends and family within the Autism Coummunity. I am extremely grateful and blessed to know these families firsthand. Such amazing people! These family's let me into their homes and showed me nothing but exceptional parenting in their everyday lives. You give your child(ren) such a "light" lifting meaningful life, I have so much admiration for you. Nothing but positivity and sincere compassion. Whether a sibling, a son, a nephew, friend or even neighbor, you all have touched my heart deeply. Wow! Thank you! YOU ABSOLUTELY ROCK! You all are sunshine and "light" into this world, please know that! xoxo
Therefore, in honor amongst of those families and the Autism Community, who are personally touched with children embraced with autism. This one's for you!
Special Thanks: The Boyd/Morris/Carver Family xo The Barnat Family xo The Williamson Family xo The Ashby/Poole Family xo The Romano Family xo The Cavilhas Family xo
Thank you to all my donators in advance, always very appreciated. Charity means so much to me. I am blessed to be able to be employed by a great company and be part of the amazing TEAM, "The Romarkables" and raise funds for Autism Speaks.
Visit www.sutismspeaks.org for more information.
What is Autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.
Signs of Autism:
Usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. If you think your child is developmental delayed in communication in speech alone, you should contact your PCP , dicuss your options, highly observe all behavior, and possibly even further evaluation, just in case. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism. But behold, although thankful for programs to support these children, it can be a process when and if needed. Speech and language is #1 on the list and most common in the state of NJ, so it can take up to 6 months per their guidlines.
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