April is Autism Awareness Month

At Art of Care, Inc. we provide home health care to a wide array of different patients with different diagnoses. Throughout the years we have cared for several autistic individuals and they have each touched our souls tremendously. Autism to some is a disease, however it can also be viewed as a gift.

In my personal experience I have learned so much from autistic individuals that have crossed my path. They always have one gift that are super unique and genius in. For instance, knowing every single well known commercial, or knowing all the songs of Elvis.

As home health care providers we truly set the bar high for quality care and we tailor our plan to each individuals care.

Below are some interesting facts and background on autism.

The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?

Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April!

 

Presently, we don’t have a medical test that can diagnose autism. Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer autism-specific behavioral evaluations.

Often parents are the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviors such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways. For a description of early indicators of autism.

The Modified Checklist of Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a list of informative questions about your child. The answers can indicate whether he or she should be further evaluated by a specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist.

We encourage parents to trust their instincts and find a doctor who will listen and refer their child to appropriate specialists for diagnosis. Unfortunately, doctors unfamiliar with diagnosing autism sometimes dismiss parent concerns, delaying diagnosis and the opportunity for early intervention therapies. Autism Speaks and other autism organizations are working hard to raise awareness of early signs among physicians as well as parents.

From birth to at least 36 months of age, every child should be screened for developmental milestones during routine well visits. When such a screening—or a parent—raises concerns about a child’s development, the doctor should refer the child to a specialist in developmental evaluation and early intervention. These evaluations should include hearing and lead exposure tests as well as an autism-specific screening tool such as the M-CHAT. Among these screening tools are several geared to older children and/or specific autism spectrum disorders.

 

To read the full article, please visit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis

 

 

 

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