Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Day

Today is Autism awareness day and we wanted to post to bring attention to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  April is Autism Month so we will be posting information regarding Autism throughout the month.  According to the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 1 in 68 children have been identified as being on the Autism Spectrum.  These figures are up from years ago and seem to continue to rise..  More and more children are being identified as having some form of Autism.  Why?  Is this because of increased awareness of Autism, therefore allowing for increased identification of Autistic characteristics seen in children? Are parents, teachers and other care providers more aware of the behavior differences  and characteristics commonly seen in children having Autism?   Or, is Autism truly becoming more prevalent in today's society?  And, if so, why are we seeing more and more children on the Spectrum?  These are questions that are currently being debated regarding the rise in Autism. There are rational arguments for all these explanations and everyone seems to have their own opinions.  What are your opinions about this?

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