Tafford Supports Autism Awareness

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day.  Many of you are acutely aware of this subject. For those that are not, a new study has just been released showing that it now affects 1 in 68 children.  According to the National Autism Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder “is a bio-neurological development disability that generally appears before the age of 3”. According to Autism Speaks, ASD is characterized by “difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors”. Because of this, ASD affects almost every aspect of their lives, and the lives of their families.

Unlike something like pregnancy (where you can’t be just a little bit pregnant), patients with autism fall on a spectrum, with some on the mild end and some on the severe end.  Even with that said though, everyone is different, and autism doesn’t change that. This combined with the inherent sociability of health care can make it challenging to know exactly how to best work with a patient on the spectrum.  The first step is to know the basics of the disorder.

The National Autism Society (http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/) has a great list of facts.

Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism) has a wonderful article that outlines the basics of the disorder, its suspected causes, and what it means to be “on the spectrum”.

More specifically though, Autism.org.uk has some excellent information for health professionals. http://bit.ly/1mJaaC1

As we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, let us celebrate the lives of the amazing people living with this disorder and the unique abilities they bring to the world! Let us celebrate the families that tirelessly support them, and the talented health care individuals who work so hard every day to make their lives better!  Cheers to everything you do!

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