More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. That means one child in the US is diagnosed every 20 minutes with something on the Autism spectrum.
And I know.
One year ago this month, both my girls were diagnosed with this developmental disability (DD) – the fastest growing DD in the US. What I was assured were just ‘twin things’ – playing by themselves for long periods of time, hand flapping, little eye contact – we’re actually signs of the disability.
Luckily, with the help of many people I have only met online, I realized I needed to trust my instincts and do something.
The early diagnosis allowed to girls to get help. (I have to give a special shout out to online pal and designer Susan McCool, who’s son also is affected with Autism. She encouraged me to be the much-needed advocate for my girls to ensure they would get therapy early on – which is the only scientifically proven way to help children with an Autism spectrum disorder. She explained the ins and outs of the (I must say) not so great system to get services.)
When my girls first started getting services at 2 years old, which include speech, occupational and life skills therapies, they couldn’t talk, eat with a spoon or fork, look me in the eye or even give me a hug.
Today, I have girls who communicate with me, play with their friends, smile constantly, not only eat properly but clean up after themselves afterwards… And best of all, every day I get tons of hugs and kisses. They are well on there way to live ‘normal’ (whatever that means), happy lives.
Although I know people are searching actively for a cure or medical detection, I’m more concerned with the kids who have Autism right now. You see, it was the services that have made a big difference to my kids – and to kids everywhere. But these therapies are severely underfunded.
And frankly, with one in 150 children having the diagnosis, we need to focus on services, just as much as finding a cure.
I’m working hard to give all I can to Autism charities that help children. But I am asking for your help.
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