Looking Through the Lens of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”  The “spectrum” has come to include all the varying sub-types that use to be individually characterized. 2495_Eric 13

“Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.”

“We now know that there is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. Over the last five years, scientists have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. A small number of these are sufficient to cause autism by themselves. Most cases of autism, however, appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.”2495_Eric 20

“In the presence of a genetic predisposition to autism, a number of nongenetic, or “environmental,” stresses appear to further increase a child’s risk. The clearest evidence of these autism risk factors involves events before and during birth. They include advanced parental age at time of conception (both mom and dad), maternal illness during pregnancy and certain difficulties during birth, particularly those involving periods of oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain. It is important to keep in mind that these factors, by themselves, do not cause autism. Rather, in combination with genetic risk factors, they appear to modestly increase risk.”

2495_Eric 21Eric (3) runs over here..then there…then here again…then back over there.  He seems to be all over the place!  Having autism does not allow him to focus on one thing for an extended period of time.  He establishes relationships differently than what many would consider “close personal relationships”. He is working with a great team of specialists and is working on his motor skills.  He is active and actively needs purposeful attention.

“Autistic individuals can achieve great things — but only if they’re supported by people who believe in their potential. Autistic people are often the creative innovators in our midst. They see the world through a different lens — and when their perspective is respected, they can change the world.

Lisa Jo Rudy, Mother, Writer and Consultant for autism (from http://www.goldenhatfoundation.org/ourpassion) 

We know that being on the autism spectrum does not leave one without 2495_Eric 16hope. “We do know that significant improvement in autism symptoms is most often reported in connection with intensive early intervention—though at present, we cannot predict which children will have such responses to therapy. We also know that many people with autism go on to live independent and fulfilling lives, and that all deserve the opportunity to work productively, develop meaningful and fulfilling relationships and enjoy life. With better interventions and supports available, those affected by autism are having better outcomes in all spheres of life.”

2495_Eric 06Eric is developing well and within the norm for his age in regards to his weight and height.  Adopting a child and parenting a child with autism isn’t for the faint of heart.  But I know that his forever family is out there who can love him for who he is and all that he entails.  He needs a loving, committed, sacrificial family to help him reach his full potential. His smile and laugh would brighten anyone’s day!

To inquire about Eric please email me at jill.d@chiadopt.org or Amanda at amanda.m@chiadopt.org

To watch videos of Eric click here:

 

Information found on: https://www.autismspeaks.org/

Other information/resources:

A great recommended resource: http://www.goldenhatfoundation.org/ourpassion

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html

http://www.autism-society.org/

http://www.autism.com/

http://www.marcus.org/Clinical-Services/PNC/Adoption-Center-for-Health-and-Development

 

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