What the Heck is this Autism Thing I’m Living with?

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Before I really get going with what my life is like in this totally dysfunctional household I thought I should share with you from the experts about autism.  Some days I think I should have just stayed in the kennel.  This really doesn’t explain it…..but…. this is what I was told…..

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

No kidding about the communication.  This guy I live with repeats the same thing over and over…but I guess it’s cool.  I’m learning too

Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

well this makes sense.  The girl has taken the doors off of his side of the house.  I saw them, they have holes from him slamming them and oh no holes in the wall from the door too and when he screams it even scares me…the Doodle

So tell me again before I leave the kennel....what is this thing called autism... and why does that boy keep doing that????

So tell me again before I leave the kennel….what is this thing called autism… and why does that boy keep doing that????

In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

well I guess the chances of me getting in a home with this autism thing was pretty high anyway

In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)

Dang I better hide the bones now.  Looks like in the future the cabinet will be empty

Know the signs: Early identification can change lives

Autism is treatable.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

Lack of or delay in spoken language
Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
Little or no eye contact
Lack of interest in peer relationships
Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
Persistent fixation on parts of objects

check on all of those…yup my boy has autism for sure.  Hey if you want more information you can go here: http://www.autism-society.org/about-autism/   this is where I go sometimes to read when he’s doing something funky about.

Hey can someone take a dog out here.  I need to do some business……………

 

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