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April is National Autism Awareness Month. Since the 1970s, the Autism Society has been using the observance as an opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues concerning the autism community.
The term ‘autism’ is familiar to many, but the specifics of the disorder are not widely understood in the general public. Autism encompasses a spectrum of developmental disabilities that range from mild to severe. Problems with social communication is a symptom most widely shared by those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The spectrum includes “classic” autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
Autism symptoms fall into three main categories: social skills, language, and behavior. A person with autism may not respond to his or her name, may resist physical affection, and appear to be insensitive to others’ feelings. Language problems for those with ASDs manifest initially as developmental delays and later, with the inability to start or maintain a conversation. A person with autism may speak with an abnormal rhythm or tone. Behavior issues include intense sensitivity to light, sound, and touch; performance of repetitive movements like rocking or spinning; and development of rituals and strict routines.
Anyone who wears a medical ID bracelet knows that it can be quite a conversation starter – whether you want it to be or not. Lots of people simply do not understand what they are for, and the unfashionably clunky bracelets that used to be your only option did nothing to help matters. Fortunately, those days are gone, as a new medical ID bracelet can now be eye-catching for all the right reasons.
Are you still thinking that a medical ID bracelet is just a necessary evil? Don’t tell that to the Hearts on Fire 14k Gold Medical Charm Bracelet. The elegance and beauty of the interlocking gold links and the style of the hearts and the ID diamond are a far cry from the big, stainless steel wrist straps of yesteryear. Those looking for something a bit less flashy might try one of the beaded medical bracelets or woven bracelets designed to have a more down-to-earth, friendship bracelet type feel. For those looking to show a little laid-back island spirit, the Marley Woven Medical ID Bracelet can do just the trick.
Kids and teens can also be very sensitive about their clothes and styles and anything that might set them apart from other kids. Fortunately for them, their medical bracelet can be just as stylish as they are. Charm Bracelets are available in lots of different styles, and will keep them on the cutting edge of fashion while also ensuring their safety. Jelly Bands are available in many different colors for kids too, and can be used to store important information if the child becomes lost.
Having to be self-conscious about your medical alert bracelets is a thing of the past. Now, it is simply one more stylish accessory you can match with the rest of your wardrobe. While it may still start conversations, now it will be less “Hey, what’s that for?” and more “Ooh, where did you get that?"
It is indisputable that medical bracelets save lives by providing vital health information instantly, but many of those who most need this type of identification do not wear them because they are unaware of the stylish options available. Truthfully, these bracelets now come in so many styles and options that they can be chosen to accentuate any outfit and make a real fashion statement. Anyone who suffers from allergies, blood sugar problems, a rare blood type, or any number of other medical issues can enjoy building a complete wardrobe of medical bracelets that will rival any traditional jewelry collection.
Children usually prefer simpler designs that are durable and fun. They love to make friends jealous by showing off their special bracelets with butterflies, hearts, rainbows, or sports emblems on the bands. They also consider the bracelets with bright jelly bands to be the latest fashion statement. While children sport these creations with pride, moms are happy to know that their child is protected with appropriate emergency information.
Teens are thrilled to find that medical bracelets no longer make them feel they are different from their friends. By wearing their lifesaving charms on bands that reflect the latest fads, they can feel safe and connected to their peers. Most teenagers love the knotted and woven bands, and medical charm bracelets are extremely popular. Teenage boys are especially impressed with the Active Alert Bands and the Brawny Fire Medical ID Bands.
Even adults who love high fashion jewelry can find medical jewelry that are just as attractive as other classic jewelry. medical bracelets come with beautiful beaded bands that reflect the colors in most outfits or in simple silver and gold. For those who prefer a classic look, bangle bracelets are popular, and physically active men and women appreciate unobtrusive sports bracelets.
Medical ID bracelets have a history that spans from 1963 forward. Originally, stainless steel medical alert bracelets were made in three styles that were appropriate for men, women, and children. These less-than-fashionable bracelets were made from sturdy steel chains that connected to a deeply engraved alert-emblem pad.
While the early American Medical Association (AMA) steel medical ID bracelets were a good idea, it was often hard to convince children, teens, and fashionable adults to wear this type of alternative jewelry out into public places. Rescue personnel were trained to search in pockets and under clothing for the ugly lifesaving medical ID bracelets.
By the end of the 1970s, the medical ID bracelets were moving into our current age of computerized technologies. Through new computerized engraving techniques, it became possible to make sturdy alert bracelets out of traditional jewelry materials that were not embarrassing to wear. However, these new stylish bracelets were not widely marketed until after the Internet became readily available in the mid-1990s.
Today, it is possible to purchase medical alert bracelets that are made from artistically crafted precious metals and other jewelry materials. There are colorful bracelets for children, teen-theme bracelets for young adults, and a wide variety of desirable designer-inspired bracelets for adults to wear with every type of clothing fashion. The modern medical ID bracelets are often fine pieces of jewelry that are admired on the wrists of their owners.
The holidays mean shopping around strangers, family gatherings, and trying new types of foods. It is very important to keep your medical ID bracelet on right now. Whether you have a food allergy or a medical condition, being out of your normal routine and around new people means if something were to happen, people need to know how to help you. Obviously it's important to have your medical bracelet on no matter what time of year it is, but here are the top five reasons you should keep it on right now:
1. A medical ID bracelet makes it a lot easier to identify someone who may have a medical condition in a large crowd of people.
2. Wearing medical jewelry could help first responders and bystanders help you if there's a problem.
3. If you have an allergy, this information can be passed along to a doctor or paramedic immediately.
4. If your child wears a medical ID bracelet and they're lost, the bracelet can contain identifiable information so people could easily identify them and return them to you safe and sound.
5. Wearing an N-Style ID medical ID bracelet means you can switch bracelets and dress for any occasion—shopping, dinners, parties, or church—without having to leave your medical information at home.
Happy holidays my fellow medical ID wearers!