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  • 17 Things You Need to Know About Autism

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    Autism is a complex and widely misunderstood disease. Here are 17 things you need to know to better understand autism.

    1.  Nearly one in 90 children in the U.S. have some type of autism.1
    2.  The average age for diagnosing children with autism is 42 months.1
    3.  Autism is not caused by vaccines.1
    4.  There are different types of autism, and more than one cause2.
    5.  Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S.2
    6.  More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.2
    7.  Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.2
    8.  Autism is a neurological/biological disorder, not a psychological or emotional condition.2
    9.  Autistic people may also experience other medical issues, such as sleep disturbances or disordered sensory perceptions.2
    10. Almost half of all autistic children who are nonverbal at age 4 will learn to speak fluently.3
    11. Teaching classmates how to befriend someone with developmental disabilities can help promote social skills in autistic grade-schoolers.3
    12. Researchers can detect pre-symptom markers of autism as early as 6 months, which can lead to earlier intervention and improved outcomes.3
    13. The first medicines for treating autism's core symptoms are showing promise in early clinical trials.3
    14.  Every child with autism is unique. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses.4
    15. Children with autism usually have a special interest that can be used as a motivational tool to teach other behaviors.4
    16.  Children with autism often struggle to understand verbal instructions.4
    17. Most important, autistic children need the same love, encouragement and support as all children! 4

      Sources:

    1 http://www.parents.com/health/autism/facts/facts-about-autism/

    2https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/afyo_about_autism.pdf

    3 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geraldine-dawson-/autism-awareness-day_b_2979117.html

    4 http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/blog/10-things-every-teacher-know-autism/

  • Tips on Communicating with Autistic Individuals

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    More than 3.5 million Americans live within an autism spectrum[1] and autism is considered by the CDC to be the fastest growing developmental disability.[2] Chances are that nearly all of us either personally know someone with autism or will come into contact with someone who is throughout our lives. Continue reading

  • Medical ID Bracelets for Epilepsy

    Over two million people in the United States have epilepsy, and for those individuals, carrying a medical ID bracelet with them at all times is critically important to help them get the medical assistance they need quickly and efficiently in the event of an unexpected seizure. Custom engraved medical alert bracelets from N-Style ID can communicate vital medical information when an epilepsy patient may not be able to speak for himself or herself. We also understand that wearing a boring, traditional medical bracelet can get old, which is why offer a wide range of stylish and fun ID bracelets.

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    Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which abnormal brain activity causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures during which the person experiences abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations. Symptoms of epilepsy may include temporary confusion, staring spells, uncontrollable jerking movements, and loss of consciousness or awareness. While symptoms vary from patient to patient, it is quite common that a person with epilepsy may be unable to communicate what is happening to those around them or to explain the medical attention they need in a timely manner. Continue reading

  • April is National Autism Awareness Month

    This April marks the 43rd annual National Autism Awareness Month, which has been kicked off by the World Autism Day every April 2 since 2007.

    As we celebrate autism awareness issues this month, its important to understand some key statistics about the state of autism in 2013:

    • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability with a 1,148% growth rate.
    • Every 11 minutes, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
    • 1 in 88 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum; 1 in 54 boys.
    • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
    • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births.
    • 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.

    The Autism Awareness Month kicked off with the World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day is one of only three official health-related United Nations Days with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism.
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  • Raising a Child with Autism: Some Tips for Success

    All children are an inherent gift. Nevertheless, raising a child is a guaranteed challenge. For parents with children living with autism, the challenges can be great and often overwhelming. Although the challenges will remain, there are a few straightforward steps that can make raising a child with autism surmountable. These include finding the right team of professionals, learning about the disorder, seeking and interacting with other families affected by autism, and taking time out for personal needs aside from parenting.
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