[BLOG] I Have A Child With Autism

By Brittany Allen, Blogger
St. Hope Foundation

Autism has been seen in different shades for more than 100 years. The word autism describes a condition in which a person is removed from social interaction, which develops self isolation. According to the CDC, about 1 in 68 American children have been identified with autism. Researchers have also reported that autism affects over 2 million individuals in the United States, and tens of millions worldwide. Some symptoms as well as causes can vary between children. Although actual cause of autism can’t be attributed to one factor, but various factors that range from genetics, maternal, and environmental contributions.

Children with autism are amazing individuals that need just as much love and attention as the next child. There is a book that discusses the “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” by Ellen Notbohm. Here are just a few:

  1. I am a child.
  2. My senses are out of sync.
  3. Distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I am not able to).
  4. I’m a concrete thinker, I interpret language literally.
  5. Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate.
  6. Picture this! I’m visually oriented….

Collectively St. Hope Foundation is in full and complete support of Autism Awareness. We understand the impact these gifted children have on our community and as studies and findings about the condition continue to improve, we want to continue to shine a light of hope and awareness on the subject.