April is Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a brain development disorder caused by genetic mutation and sometimes by an environmental trigger. Autism is a complex developmental condition affecting the person’s ability to interact, communicate, and progress in development and has not one but many subtypes to the disorder.
Autism occurred in one in 54 children in the United States in 2020. There is no cure, but both therapy and medication can help reduce abnormal behavior and other associated illnesses due to the disorder.
Common signs in autistic individuals are repetitive behaviors, hyperactivity and extreme sensitivity to light, sound and touch.
Public awareness helps to celebrate and promote acceptance for the condition, to celebrate the differences, and encourages others to be more inclusive towards autistic individuals around us.
Juanita Bielenberg, RN
Director of Nursing