By Rana Coniglio
Autism Awareness Month: More Than a Diagnosis
This April, we celebrate and acknowledge Autism Awareness Month! Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that frequently comes with social challenges, self-stimulatory, repetitive behaviors, vital thematic interests, and sensory interests and aversions. However, it is essential to remember that Autism can take on many forms across many diverse populations. With a male-to-female ratio of 4:1, in 2020, the CDC reports that 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Regardless of the autism gene being common in your family lineage or not, it is important to know common red flags and causes.
- Delayed speech
- Limited eye contact
- No response to name
- Repetitive unusual play
- Hand flapping
- Often seen as “in their world.”
- Vaccines do NOT cause Autism.
- Genetics plays a prominent role.
- For Example: if a parent has Autism, there is a higher chance of genetic inheritance to their children.
- Exposure to pathogens and/or drugs
If your child or a loved one has Autism Spectrum disorder and you’d like additional assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or check out some of 211 LA’s resources below.
Additionally, if you’d like to have your child tested for Autism Spectrum Disorder, click here:
The earliest red flags can slow up within six months of infancy. Early intervention allows for increased ability to learn regular communication at a later age.
Please note, if you are a parent of a child with Autism or suspect your child may have Autism, you are not alone. 211 LA is here to help connect you to free to low-cost services in Los Angeles County.