A number of observances are taking place this month and while each observance deserves standalone recognition, I’d like to especially observe two very important ones -Autism Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness- each of which greatly affect our youth.
According to Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, defined by a certain set of behaviors that affect individuals differently and to varying degrees. Currently, there isn’t a single known cause of autism. However, increased awareness and early identification can lead to improved outcomes for individuals suffering
with the disorder. Some of the signs include:
- lack of or delay in spoken language
- repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
- little or no eye contact
- lack of interest in peer relationships
- lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
- persistent fixation on parts of objects
Child Abuse, including neglect, happens on a daily basis and in all walks of life. Many children suffer from abuse and neglect by loved ones, friends, and even strangers. Two ways in which we can help curb this problem are:
- provide positive parenting- making it comfortable for your children to communicate with you
- ask questions
It is imperative that we educate ourselves on issues that greatly affect our children. Read all you need to know on Autism and Child Abuse Prevention at http://www.autism-society.org and https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Report child abuse and neglect where is it appropriate, while being mindful of the circumstances to parent and child. Remember, the child’s well-being should ALWAYS come first. SPREAD THE WORD!