- Posted: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:58:27 +0000
Welcome to the Autism Awareness Event, running over the month of April. I am Bo, the hostess of the thread and I welcome those with open minds and hearts for a cause, that to many, is still unknown and is still severely prejudiced against simply because they don't fit into our "normal world". What is normal for us, isn't exactly normal for those who have Autism. They see the world in a different way to us and that isn't exactly a bad thing.
What is Autism?
Autism, part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The disorder is characterised by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviours. Symptoms range from mild to severe. One milder form of the disorder is known as Asperger's Syndrome. Other developmental disorders that fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorders are Rett Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified), and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviours in their child or their child's failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seemed different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally and then lost skills. If you have concerns about your child's development, don't wait: speak to your paediatrician about getting your child screened for autism.
There will be more information available in the FAQ post down the page further. smile
ALL CONTESTS START ON THE 1ST OF APRIL EDT UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.
If you don't know what/where EDT is, here is a handy link to help you out. smile
I'd like to add a small note here. This thread is dedicated to one of my closest friends on this site. She has now left, never to return here, but, April, thank you for the memories. This is for you and your adorable autistic son heart