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How aware are you about ‘AUTISM’?

02 Apr

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Today April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Although we know so much more about autism than we did twenty or thirty years ago, it is still very important for all of us to make sure we know some facts and are able to debunk the myths about autism.

As an Applied  Behavioral Analyst with a  deep passion for autistic children, I am joining the rest of the world in wearing blue #LIUB and campaigning for a cause I believe in!

But today is about so much more than tweets and t-shirts. People like my childhood friend, Oyin! My cousin Sammy! and so many others who are on the autism spectrum, live with it every single day — we can’t stop showing our support when the blue lights go out.aut 5

Awareness is the first step to making true progress. With a loud enough megaphone, supported by your voice, we can convince lawmakers to fund more research for innovative treatments and resources for students on the spectrum who need a little extra support to keep up with their peers.

We can keep mapping the human genome to gain greater understanding of the many forms of autism and develop personalized treatments. We can educate more parents about the signs of autism to increase the rate of early diagnosis — and then connect them with the resources they need to help their child lead a happy and healthy life.

Here are 10 good reasons we should care about AUTISM:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.aut 3aut 2A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.

  1. About 700,000 people alone in UK are on the autism spectrum and with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are affected by autism on a daily basis according to the National Autistic Society. While about 36,500 of every 4 million children born each year in the United States will have autism.
  2. The number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has dramatically increased over the last few years. Today it’s estimated that one child in 68 has ASD. This means in a secondary school of 1500 students about 15 of them will be autistic.
  3. Being diagnosed as autistic isn’t a label or something negative – it can mean the difference between growing up in a confusing, scary world and getting all the right support and services. It also gives parents an explanation for difficulties their child is having. Adults can be diagnosed with autism as well.use1
  4. Autistic people have a unique take on the world that can be fun, enlightening, entertaining and thought-provoking. They encourage us to see the value of sounds, smells, places and objects that may otherwise pass us by.
  5. Chances are most people will know or be related to someone with autism making it vital that they understand something about what autism is and how they can adapt their world to make it more autism-friendly.
  6. Autism is an invisible disability. That they could have extreme difficulties with sensory processing and social understanding and interaction is not immediately apparent.
  7. Every autistic individual has their own unique version of autism. There are many myths and assumptions, but if you’ve met one person with autism … you’ve met one person with autism.aut 4
  8. That kid in the supermarket having a tantrum might just be an autistic child so overloaded with sights, smells and sounds that the fear and stress has led to a meltdown. Think twice before judging: many parents are fighting battles like these every day and need your understanding and support.
  9. Autistic traits have had a clear benefit to human development, and can affect the emotional well-being of the caretaker – Reach out to a family in need today!
  10. Finally, I would like everyone reading this to show support within their natural environment by volunteering to learn coping strategies – Sunday schools! Camps, or even within your community! And my prayer is that, eventually they will grow up in a world that understands and embraces their difference … shortcomings and all.

***Dedicated to all my 240 adorable Autistic children & families, to the ones we have lost due to late intervention or mis-diagnosis and to all the early intervention/behavioral therapists who have dedicated their lives to serve them. Thank you.

Yours in HOPE as I #LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness this month!

Yinka.

for Autism Resources Inc   ‘coming soon!

 

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17 responses to “How aware are you about ‘AUTISM’?

  1. Oluwamayowa taiwo

    April 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you ma for sharing ma.

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  2. Henryagain

    April 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Many tweets, blue lights and blue tees wouldn’t have brought me a third of the awareness you just did. Just saying that you’ve added substance to the essence of today’s movement #LIUB
    Thanks for sharing

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  3. IBK

    April 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing Yinka. We are all wearing blue this week for #liub in Bayswater, UK. And in honor of everyone dealing with Autism.
    Lov u for your passion and courage, i am sure Oyin is reading this and grinning!
    Can’t wait to be part of your Autism Resources team!
    IBK.

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  4. Danielle P.

    April 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I work as a speech therapist for various autistic children, and I say, a big thank you for the work of the therapists, especially the ABA therapists, because without their own intervention with the models of reinforcement or token economy, I couldn’t have connected with the child. Thanks for this article, makes a lot of sense.

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  5. Lizzy

    April 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    This is very well written Yinka. Thanks for bringing us closer to see the goodness in others.

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  6. Seun

    April 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing sis. I happen to see many autistic kids and parents in the course of my nursing responsibilities! You can only appreciate these population of kids when you meet them. The dynamics that comes with their unique characters within the boundary of their condition are priceless! God save all autistic kids, God please give their parents the strength and resources needed to meet their daily needs..

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    • Yinka (Anthonia) Gansallo-Lawrence

      April 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Hello Seun! what we encounter in their world actually transforms us to see better in ourselves and also learn to appreciate certain things we take for granted in life. I do agree with you, I also pray for strength and courage for their caretakers plus abundance of useful resources when needed for them all. Love to the family! 🙂

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  7. Eric.

    April 2, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I am well informed and feel awful for my past ignorance of what autism was. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Mrs. Daniyan

    April 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Yinka, thanks again for sharing your passion for raising awareness for autism. I am so glad for where God is taking you to. We appreciate you.

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    • Yinka (Anthonia) Gansallo-Lawrence

      April 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      I am still talking about your warm invitation into your house and your family’s story on autism in Lagos. Thank you for believing in me.

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  9. Morgan

    April 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    We are all wearing blue today for our son, Jackson. He’s on the spectrum. #LIUB.

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  10. Bella D.

    April 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Antonia.

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