Friday, April 8, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that affects all persons regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography.

Recent reports reveal that 1 in 110 children in the U.S. has Autism. A child is diagnosed every 20 minutes; more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

There is no known cause for Autism, though there may be a genetic predisposition.Early intervention is key to developing the child’s full potential.

Recognize The Signs of Autism

In Infants:
Indifferent to surroundings
Content to be alone, happier to play alone — lack of interest in toys
Shows lack of response to others; no smiling; no eye contact— stares blankly
Does not point out objects of interest to others
Noticeable reduction or increase in activity level
Resists cuddling
No babbling by 12 months; no words by 16 months; no meaningful phrases by 24 months

In Children:
Avoids cuddling or touching
Abnormal play
Frequent behavioral outbursts, tantrums
Inappropriate attachments to objects
Displays little or no eye contact
Over- or undersensitivity to pain; no fear of danger
Difficulty with motor skills
Unresponsiveness to normal teaching methods & verbal clues (despite normal hearing, may appear to be deaf)
Loss of language or social skills

If you recognize any of these signs in your child, contact your pediatrician and
request a screening. Early intervention is key to your child’s future development.

An Autism diagnosis does not commit your child to a lifelong dependence on
psychotropic drugs. Holistic alternatives such as diet and brain-based Chiropractic Neurological therapies are available that address the source of the issue. Call to learn how our Maximum Achievement Program (MAP) can help your child reach his/her maximum learning potential without medication.

--Dr. Keri Chiappino DC,DACNB
Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner