The Autism Walk is an annual event held to raise funds and awareness for autism research, support, and resources. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, May 15th, 2022.
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The Autism Walk is an annual event held to raise awareness and funds for autism research and support programs. The walk is typically held in the spring, but the exact date varies from year to year. The 2022 Autism Walk will be held on Saturday, May 14th.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and social interaction, as well as restrictive and repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities. Although ASD can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Early diagnosis and intervention is important in order to improve long-term outcomes.
There is no one cause of ASD, but research suggests that it is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for ASD, but there are a variety of treatments available that can help lessen symptoms and improve functioning.
The Autism Walk is an annual event that raises awareness and funds for autism research and resources. The 2022 Autism Walk will take place on Saturday, April 30th.
What are the symptoms of Autism?
There is no one single symptom of autism, but instead a range of symptoms that can vary in severity. Some People With Autism may be able to live relatively independent lives, while others may require lifelong support and care.
The main symptoms of autism can be broadly divided into two areas: impaired social interactions and communication, and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests.
Symptoms of impaired social interactions and communication may include:
– avoiding eye contact
– not responding to their name being called
– appearing not to hear other people
– not being interested in other people, or preferring to be alone
– having difficulty understanding other people’s feelings or emotions
– finding it hard to make friends or keep friends
– poor communication skills, such as not being able to start or maintain a conversation, or using repetitive or inappropriate words or phrases.
Symptoms of restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests may include:
– repetitive body movements such as flapping their hands, waving their fingers, rocking back and forth or spinning in circles
– repetitive use of words or phrases (echolalia)
– intense interests in specific topics such as numbers, dates or times; dinosaurs; trains; doors; fans; light switches etc. with little interest in other things – fixated interests can change over time preoccupation with certain parts of objects (e.g., the wheels on a toy car) unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel or sound – For example, an aversion to specific textures of food – high/low pain threshold unusually high/low energy levels compared with peers – In young children this might manifest as hyperactivity delays in developing speech and language skills – In some cases there may be no speech at all late development of fine and gross motor skills – For example, a late desire to learn how to ride a bike any loss of previously acquired skills (regression)
autistic traits can vary greatly from person to person which is why autism is sometimes referred to as a “spectrum” disorder.
How is Autism diagnosed?
There is no one medical test to diagnose autism. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. The earliest signs of autism are usually noticed in babies and toddlers between 6 and 18 months old. Some early signs of autism include:
· Not babbling by 12 months
· Not pointing or waving bye-bye by 12 months
· Not saying single words by 16 months
· Not saying two-word phrases on his or her own (not just echolalia) by 24 months
· Losing previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills at any age
What causes Autism?
While the cause of autism is unknown, researchers have identified several risk factors associated with the development of autism. These risk factors include:
-Genetic disposition: Autism can run in families, and research has shown that certain genetic mutations can predispose a person to developing autism.
-Prenatal exposure to toxins: Some studies have shown that exposure to certain toxins during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism.
-Birth complications: Difficulties during delivery or low birth weight have been linked with an increased risk of developing autism.
How can Autism be treated?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as each individual with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unique. While there is currently no cure for ASD, there are a number of interventions and therapies that can help improve symptoms and enable people with ASD to live fulfilling lives.
The most important thing you can do for someone with ASD is to provide support and understanding. Accepting and valuing their differences is essential. Creating an accepting environment, both at home and at school or work, can make a big difference in helping someone with ASD feel comfortable and included.
There are a number of different types of interventions and therapies that can help people with ASD. These include:
-Behavioral therapies: These heavily focus on encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common type of Behavioral Therapy used to treat ASD.
-Communication therapies: These aim to improve communication skills by teaching different ways to communicate, such as using pictures or sign language.
-Sensory integration therapies: These help people with ASD better process the sensory information they receive from the world around them. This can be done through activities that stimulate the senses, such as swinging or rocking back and forth.
In addition to these specific therapies, there are also a number of medications that can be used to treat some of the symptoms associated with ASD, such as anxiety, depression, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s important to work closely with a doctor or other mental health professional to figure out what combination of interventions and therapies will work best for you or your child.
Living with Autism
The Autism Walk is an annual event that raises awareness and funds for autism research and resources. The walk is typically held in the spring, but the exact date can vary from year to year. The 2022 Autism Walk is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 14th.
Autism in the media
In recent years, autism has been receiving increased attention in the media. This is likely due in part to the rising prevalence of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as a growing awareness of the condition and efforts to destigmatize it.
There has been some progress in the way ASD is represented in the media, but there is still room for improvement. Autism often continues to be portrayed in a negative light or as a tragedy, rather than as a condition that can be managed and even lead to a fulfilling life.
One way to help change the narrative around autism is by participating in events like the Autism Walk, which strives to promote awareness and acceptance of ASD. The next Autism Walk is scheduled for October 8, 2022.
Famous people with Autism
There are many famous people with autism including:
– Dustin Hoffman
– Greta Thunberg
– Isaac Newton
– Jane Austen
– Jim Carrey
– John Nash
– Leonardo da Vinci
– Ludwig van Beethoven
– Marilyn Monroe
– Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Autism Walk
The Autism Walk is an annual event that raises funds and awareness for autism. It is typically held in April, which is autism awareness Month. The walk is open to the public and usually takes place in a large city. The most recent Autism Walk was held on April 3, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. The next Autism Walk will be held on April 2, 2022.
Janice is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked with and case managed children and youth with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in home and residential setting since 2013.