At Amber Health Care for Women, want to help shine a bright light on Autism to assist in creating awareness on this global health issue. We celebrate the unique talents and skills of people with autism. We want to help give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to INSPIRE COMPASSION, EMPOWERMENT and HOPE!
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affects 1 in 68 American children, and is five times more common in boys than girls. Symptoms are generally noticeable by 2 and 3 years of age.
Individuals with autism have different degrees of difficulty with social skills, language, emotional expression and control, attention, and motor coordination. They may engage in unusual repetitive behaviors.
The exact cause of autism is unknown, but research suggests it is a combination of genetic mutations that “predispose” (increase the risk) and environmental or auto-immune factors that affect early brain development.
Each individual with autism is unique. Many have exceptional abilities in music, art, math, and academics. Others with autism have significant disability, are non-verbal and “disconnected” from the world, and are unable to live independently.
Individuals with autism benefit from speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, diets free of gluten (wheat) and milk, nutritional supplements, medications, and individualized educational programs. Early diagnosis and intervention and research into future therapies are key.
But we can all help – with increasing awareness, with understanding and acceptance, with respect and support.
MEDICAL CARE – AUTISM
- Learn about the latest treatments for children on the autism spectrum at the following sites
- We recommend the following books:
- Families With Autism Journey Guide by TACA
- Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD by Dr. William Shaw
- Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
- The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled by Ellen Notbohm
- Understanding Autism – The Easy Way by Alex Durig