Words. We see them, say them, sing them, think them, read them, write them. Words are everywhere.
I read a blog post today written by a dear, on-line friend of mine. In this post, Jill talks about how we take our words, and our ability to speak, for granted. As the mother of girls with few words, she wrote a piece that touched my soul.
Use your words.
Talk to me.
How many times have I begged my son to reveal his inner thoughts?
Even though he has Autism, his head is filled with words, I just know it.
Even though he is choosy with his spoken words, I know that he has a million thoughts and ideas swirling around in his head; I can often see it on his face. Some of his words are mischievous and funny; expressions reveal his heart. He is an amazingly brilliant, funny, and artistic boy.
And someday, someday...
...his words will fill the air with all that he sees and feels and thinks and dreams.
I need to stop worrying and stop talking (over-talking, which I am SO guilty of doing!) long enough to facilitate his transition.
As April ends and takes another "Autism Awareness Month" into history, I want to share with everyone a few of the current statistics:
An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls
are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
Did you know ...
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
To read more about specific symptoms, go to Autism Speaks/Symptoms.
You can read our family's Autism story here.
Don't take your words for granted!