Autism Awareness

My child’s path to recovery may be different from yours!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share more of my journey with Autism with you. Please keep in mind that this is the path that our family chose to take. It is not the ONLY path. You may choose a different path for your child, for a variety of reasons, and that is okay. There are many paths that can be taken to get positive results. It can be a costly journey because, unfortunately, insurance doesn’t always cover the therapies and treatments that you will want for your child. Just know that there are cheaper options out there, and even free options, to make sure your child is getting what they need to thrive. Don’t beat yourself up if some of these treatments or therapies I talk about are not easily accessible to you. Keep in mind that what works for one child, does not necessarily mean it will work for another child. It’s all trial and error. There are times when you may feel discouraged, but Don’t give up, just try something else! There is such a wide spectrum of Autism and with each child being so unique, they each may need to take their own individualized path.

Our Family Journey…
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Creating Order Within The Disorder

All Children with Autism are unique!

I like to say that children with Autism are like snowflakes. Even though they are labeled the same, each one is beautiful and bright, but different and unique. Each one is structured differently. It is our job as parents to get to know our child and to pay attention to what is working or not working for them. Research as many resources and gather as much information as you can find on treatments and therapy options. Research Doctors, schools, special diets,sensory toys and clothing. Network within the Autism community. Talk to parents that have had success stories with raising a child on the Autism spectrum. Find the treatments and therapies that best suit your child, your family, as well as your lifestyle. You are your child’s best advocate. Do your best to bring out the best in your child and love and accept them for whoever they may be. Please don’t give up on your child! The signs and symptoms of Autism can greatly improve!

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental, neurobiological disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life. It affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills, which affects a child’s ability to interact, communicate, relate, play, imagine, and learn. They also could exhibit some self stimulatory and repetitive behaviors as well. It could also be related to immunological, gastrointestinal, and metabolic problems. People with ASDs (AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS) process and handle information in their brain differently than other people. 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with Autism and the number is still growing. 1 in 42 boys. There are more than 1 million children affected by Autism in this country today!

Resources

Helpful Autism Websites Our Family Supports

  • AUTISM SPEAKS
    Mission: At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.
    Website:http://www.autismspeaks.org
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/autismspeaks
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/autismspeaks
    Their 100 DAY KIT is designed for the newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the100 days following the diagnosis of Autism. http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100day-kit
  • Elwyn’s Fundraiser For Autism
    The purpose of this event will allow us to purchase the necessary therapeutic equipment needed to enhance the lives of the children we serve.  We hope you can support us by attending this first annual event or by fundraising on your own. Elwyn has gained national recognition for it’s continued expansion of innovative programming and supports 600 children with autism. We offer an array of services through a continuum of care through assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, medical management, education and early childhood services.
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  • FIGHT 4 AUTISM
    Mission:
    to use monies raised to help families living in the Northern NJ area with, but not limited to, respite care, therapies, after school care, communication devices, iPads, medical bills, etc.
    Website: http://www.fight4autism.org
    Twitter: @Fight4A
  • FILL-A-NEED FOUNDATION
    Mission: Fill-A-Need Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Fill-A-Need Foundation is to support adults with Autism and other special needs by identifying, nurturing, and developing each adult’s individual potential.
    Website: http://www.fillaneedfoundation.org/
    Facebook: facebook.com/FillANeed
    Twitter: @fillaneedfndn
    • HOLLYROD FOUNDATION
      Mission: Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. Efforts of the HollyRod Foundation are providing a better quality of life for individuals and their families.
      Website: http://www.hollyrod.org
      Twitter: https://twitter.com/hollyrodfdn
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollyRodFoundation

 

  • TACA (TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM)
    Mission: Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.
    Website: http://www.tacanow.org
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TACAfoundation
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talkaboutcuringautism?ref=search&sid=1405337600.1905514651..1
  • WAKE UP FOR AUTISM
    Mission: This foundation was formed to uniquely educate parents to find the most expeditious path to EARLY DIAGNOSIS, EARLY INTERVENTION and a ROAD TO RECOVERY for their child whether newly diagnosed, considering getting examined or just in that place where, “something isn’t right” with their child.

    Our mission and message is three fold: (1) to help get your child properly diagnosed; (2) help you cope, reconcile and mourn the loss of the child you thought you had with the one you embrace now; (3) help you navigate post-diagnosis, with no fear, as time is of the essence every day, hour and minute of your child’s life to reach his/her full potential. And what an optimistic potential it will be.
    Website: http://wakeupforautism.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WakeUpForAutism
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WakeUpForAutism