April is Autism Awareness Month...

 Autism was first described by Leo Kanner in 1943. There is no single known cause for Autism, or autism spectrum disorder. Autism is displayed in many ways depending on the individual. It may appear as challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Autism comes in many forms, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. According to the Autism Society, about 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.

Goals of Autism treatment should include: fostering development, promoting learning, and reducing rigidity, eliminating maladaptive behaviors and alleviating family distress. Instructional strategies should provide structure; consider the social and sensory demands of each activity and environment; and apply strategies in response to the child’s specific area of need. The law mandates that specific academic goals should relate to the child’s cognitive and functional level, and the program should be provided in the least restrictive environment.


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