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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

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Jackson Autism Center opened in August 2012. You can find more information at http://jacksonautismcenter.com/

Jackson Autism Center (JAC) is a center designed to meet the developmental needs of children, including but not limited to: educational, social, communication and language, behavioral, and self-help skills. The focus of JAC begins with the child, followed by the family, and ultimately the school and community environments. Learning strategies for children attending JAC will vary, as children's learning styles vary. There is not one strategy that works for all children and so JAC will fit your child's program to meet the needs of your child. Some of these strategies include: verbal behavior, applied behavior analysis, SCERTS, TEAACH, sensory integration, and augmentative and alternative communication.

What is autism?

Autism is a disability that affects three specific areas: communication and/or language, social interaction, and behavior. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, all children may not have the same characteristics. Autism is diagnosed by behavioral observation and typically begins to be diagnosed around 2-3 years old. The prevalence of autism has increased dramatically over the past twenty years and is five times more likely in boys than girls.

What are some signs of ASD?

Doesn't respond to name (by 7 months)
No sharing back and forth smiles, expressions, or sounds (by 9 months)
Atypical eye contact- looking away quickly, looking out the side of their eyes, etc.
*Does not babble or coo by 12 months
*Does not gesture (point, grasp, wave) by 12 months
*No words by 16 months
*Not putting 2 words together by 2 years old independently
*Loss of language or skills (any age)
Atypical attachment to every day items (carries around random household objects)
Toy play that is different or odd, such as lining up trains

What does ASD stand for and what is included in ASD?

ASD stands for autism spectrum disorder and ASD covers children diagnosed with autism, Asperger's syndrome, Rett's syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

Autism Awareness

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and has been getting attention for the past several years because buildings and landmarks around the world use blue lights in honor of autism awareness on April 2. People also wear blue on April 2. Home Depot sells blue lights for individual homes so that everyone can participate.

Autism Awareness month has been going on since the 1970's. Some of the things you can do for autism awareness month are purchase Autism Awareness puzzle ribbon for your car, a pin, or a shirt, contact state representatives regarding autism bills, help out a parent who has a child with autism, help educate someone about autism, and  thank teachers and professionals who work with students with autism.

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