Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Autism Awareness

April marks Autism Awareness month and I am going to be sharing about several different things on this subject. First off did you know that 1 and 88 children have autism. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism there are 1 and 54 boys diagnosed.There will be more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. These statistics are not to scare you but to inform you. Each individual with autism is unique just like each child with Down Syndrome is unique. Each child or adult with autism in unique and, so, each autism intervention plan should be tailored to address specific needs. Early intervention is the key just like for any child with a special need of any kind. There are so many therapy options for kids that have autism speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior therapy and physical therapy. This link will take to the page that talks about 10 things every child with autism wished you knew. Autism is just a diagnoses just like Down Syndrome or CP    http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit/ten-things-every-child-autism-wishes-you-knew 

My son Jackson has not been diagnosed with Autism but has all the classic signs of Autism. Jackson is a delight although we may have challenges he is a blessing. We love Jackson just the way he is some things are more difficult for him than for his baby brother Peyton but that's OK. We take each day know that GOD will help us through any struggle we have and that GOD made Jackson just the way he wanted him to be. We are thankful for our spunky little man. Jackson goes to school 5 days a week 8 hours a day. Jackson has speech and occupational therapy and we have seen a big difference in him. We know that therapy is a big part of that. Well here comes the other part of this post did you know that there are kids in the world who don't get the chance to have therapy. This may come as a shocker to some since we live in the US even if your in foster care you get therapy services but in other countries its not like that. Children with autism are treated like the scum of the earth as are children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. I know many have heard that children learn self soothing behaviors and with the right therapies they are good things. Well kids in other countries bite themselves, claw themselves and rock themselves so much that they hit their heads on walls and cribs. At the age of 5 most children are sent to an adult mental institution and this is a death sentence for them. They have little to no chance to be rescued and receive the services that they need. Now to introduce you to some sweet precious childern.

 This is Denver he is 6 years old he was born in 2006. Denver is physically healthy, with no medical concerns. He has been diagnosed with childhood Autism. We do not have a lot of information on his current skill level. He is listed as having delays in every aspect of his development. He participates in therapy and has a 1:1 caregiver that spends time with him each day. He is very attached to this caregiver and has a good relationship with her.
Additional photos and a video are available of Denver

Meet Roger he is also 6 years old he was born in 2006. This dear boy is listed as having "childhood autism" — if it is truly autism or autistic behaviors due to orphanage life and his other special needs, we really don't know. He is said to have encephalopathy (unspecified disease of the brain) Childhood autism, and moderate mental delays. He also has vision problems: Convergent concomitant strabismus (crossing eyes) and hypermetropia (far-sighted); and is said to be anemic. Look at Roger's sweet smile he is smiling for his mommy and daddy.

Finally meet Justine she is 11 years old her birthday is June 11, 2001. Yes it is a fact that there are more boys that have autism than girls but girls can have this disablity. Justine is a pretty girl with dark hair and eyes. She is fully mobile and active. Her face bears features of FAS, but this is not documented and is only a cautionary disclosure. From her medical records: congenital microcephaly, autism
As with all children living in these difficult conditions, this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger. It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child. These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.
 These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.
All three of these childern have autism and would greatly bennifit from therapy and a loving home. If your child has autism or you know someone that has autism you know how much therapy is important. Will you please consider making a donation to there grant funds and spreading the word about them. Maybe you are there mommy or daddy.
Be Blessed
Amber Byler
P:S in honor of my son Jackson who is the light of my life and I can't imagine life without him we are truely blessed

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