Autism Awareness/National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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!

National Kidney Month

This post is a bit late for me, but I want to bring to your attention that this month is Kidney Disease Awareness. Information taken from Davita Dialysis website:

Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. It effects 1 in every 7 adults in the United States. There are minimal to no signs of kidney disease, which, unfortunately, makes it sometimes impossible for individuals to be aware that he or she is experiencing an issue until it reaches later stages. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, or even cardiovascular disease pose a higher risk of developing the disease. While the disease doesn’t discriminate, African Americans are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kidney failure than any other ethnic group.

If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., it is important that you consult with you physician and have a kidney screening. For more information on raising awareness for kidney disease, please visit DaVita.com/KidneyAware .