Help us in celebrating Autism Awareness
April 15 - 19, 2024
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Autism Puzzle Stickers $1
Autism Bracelets $2
Autism Paracord Bracelets $5
Autism Pins $5
Sold During LUNCH April 24 - 28
Sign up at the Builders Club display board to volunteer to sell items during your LUNCH
Chairperson: Bella Bane
All proceeds will benefit Summit Educational Resources
Thank you to everyone that purchased Autism merchandise! We raised $200 for the Summit Educational Center!20232022201920172016What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
What Causes Autism?
There is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. It appears to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.
Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and “atypical” ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have significant disability and are unable to live independently. About 25 percent of individuals with ASD are nonverbal but can learn to communicate using other means.
Facts About Autism
- In the United States, the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased significantly. In 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed each year and in 2018, 1 in 44 children.
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.
- Autism is four times more common among boys than girls.
- Autism affects all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
- Autism is not degenerative. Individuals with ASD can continuously learn and improve their skills.