Autism: The Good, Bad & Beautiful

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When most families find out their child is diagnosed with a developmental disorder, they have a fear of the unknown.  A fear that their child will not grow up with the same opportunities as other children, a fear they will never learn the life skills necessary to live on their own, a fear they will never make friends.  While the initial diagnosis can be scary, learning more about this spectrum disorder can be encouraging for any family.  Education is key and we are here to help.

Here are some quick facts that most people are not familiar with: 

The Good:  While there is no cure for Autism, early intervention is very important.  When your child is identified early, many of the hurdles your child will face can be improved and in some cases, overcome completely.  Be sure to contact your pediatrician if you see any of the signs and suspect your child may be on the spectrum.

The Bad:  Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet the most underfunded.  It affects 1 in 68 children- boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.  Will you consider making a donation to fund more research in this field?  To make a donation, visit Autism Speaks.

The Beautiful:  Autism CAN be overcome and your child can function in society.  Raising a child is never easy, no matter who they are and what they are diagnosed with.  Every child will learn differently and at their own pace- children on the spectrum are just the same as the rest.  Beautiful individuals who love, work, and live in our society.  While there is no “cure” for Autism, it is not a helpless diagnosis.  In fact, many people on the spectrum have started their own businesses, written books, found meaningful jobs, and live on their own.  To learn about more inspiring individuals with developmental disorders, check out these success stories.  

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Posted by Shelley Causey

Shelley is the Director of Technology at The Broach School of Jacksonville and lead content contributor to the Broach Buzz Blog. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology. Shelley is passionate about empowering parents with resources for children with disabilities and assisting new families learn more about scholarship schools. In addition to the blog, Shelley manages the social media accounts for all of The Broach School company pages.

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