For Autism Awareness week, which started on the 27th March, we are asked to get involved and change lives. The idea it to raise money and awareness, by taking part in quizzes, baking, walking and collecting money until everyone understands about autism.
There is over half a million people living with autism in the UK, and without the correct knowledge and care the individuals and families are at risk of feeling isolated and therefore could potentially develop mental health problems.
It is estimated that 1 in every 100 people in the UK have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.)
Autism is much more common that many people think:
- Children are not the only ones who can be affected.
- Although they will never overcome autism, some individuals learn to customize their lifestyle in ways that best suit them.
- Only 10% of autistic adults receive employment support.
- 70% of autistic adults say they are not getting the help they need from social services.
- Around £32bn is spent on treatment, lost earnings, care and support for children and adults with autism annually.
- More males are diagnosed with autism than females.
- 50% of people with autism also suffer from anxiety or depression.
- 90% of people with autism also have sensory issues.
- 40% of children reported that they have been bullied at school.
- 1 in 3 adults experience severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support.
- 85% of adults with autism in the UK are unemployed.
Signs and symptoms
Within small infant’s non-verbal behaviour and communication like difficulty with eye contact, facial expressions, body language and gestures will be evident.
They also tend to stick to the same routines with little or no changes. Examples may include weather changes or even exiting a quiet room into a nosey one these sudden changes may trigger a fit of temper for the individual.
Getting a diagnosis
Problems with social communication and interaction can often be recognised during early childhood. However, some features of ASD may not become noticeable until a change of situation, such as when a child is taken away from their normal routine, of being at home, and going to nursery or school.
See your GP or health advisor if you notice any sign and symptoms of an ASD in your child and are worried about their development.
Although autism is a lifelong condition support and advice is available from speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, educational support as well as interventions set up by social care workers.
You can fundraise, campaign, donate, volunteer, work and much more either in your local community, at work or at school in order to raise money. There are many free resources that you are able to download on http://www.autism.org.uk/; this includes poster, flyers, cake flags and many more.