That’s right! This month, families worldwide will celebrate the neurodiversity of their loved ones on the Autism spectrum. While many still debate whether we should be calling it “awareness month” or “acceptance month,” let’s agree they are both equally important to the Autism community. According to the CDC, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed every year in the U.S. Considering this prevalence rate; chances are you know someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). Follow us this month as we cover important topic for the Autism community and their families. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is described as a developmental disability that can impact a person’s social and communication skills. Characteristics of Autism include restricted and repetitive behaviors, verbal and social deficits, unusual interests, limited eye contact, and sensory hyper-sensitivity. However, those on the Autism spectrum are more than just the sum of these challenges! People with ASD want you to treat them as you would treat anyone else. ASD comes with many challenges, but with the strong support of their families, educators, and friends, they can be successful! 

So what do you do if your child has been recently diagnosed with ASD? You brace yourself. Your child or adult will need you to fiercely advocate for their needs. How does that happen? You educate yourself on ASD, and you find all of the interventions your child will need to succeed. Some may require speech therapy, behavioral therapy, or social skills classes. Do not be afraid to ask questions! Research shows that early intervention is critical! For those with adults who are on the spectrum, it is no different. EDUCATE YOURSELF! You can buy a book or, better yet, kindly ask the adult to teach you. Together, we can help the Autism community feel loved, appreciated, and accepted. Let’s break the stigma and allow people with ASD to live their true authentic creative selves!

Nancy Aguilar

Hi! My name is Nancy Aguilar. I am thrilled to share my thoughts and experiences with you through the BH Counseling blog. Together we will explore important topics such as Autism. Whether you are a parent raising a child on the spectrum or an individual with ASD, you are welcomed to engage in meaningful conversation.