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April Is Autism Awareness Month. Do You Know Autism?

Published on 4/22/2014
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April is Autism awareness month. Do you know Autism? Some people still don't and with the rate that Autism is growing everyone needs to know. 

    The CDC reports that Autism diagnoses has risen dramacticaly in the last decade. When my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 the numbers were 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism. That was in 2002.  In a little over a decade the numbers have risen by 78%. Today in 2014 the numbers are 1 in 68 children will be or have been diagnosed with Autism.

    The state that I grew up and reside now has the highest number of children diagnosed with Autism. An astounding 1 in 45. WHY? NEW JERSEY!!

    No one really knows why it is here or where it came from. There are many theories. I just heard a study that showed if the fathers were obese then your child is more likely to have Autism. So does New Jersey have the most obese dads? They are all just sitting around eating bon bons on the couch all day. I am sure this study leaves many dads straching thier heads because they themselves were not and are not obese. I personally have friends that have a child with autism and the fathers were not obese. So there is one theory.

    There was a theory that women were waiting to long to have children. Our parents had children beween 19 and 23. They were prime years to have children. But as a generations pass women are waiting until thier 30's sometimes even 40. I had my children at 30 and 31. My second boy has Autism. So is it this? Some say NO.

    Dr. Mike from Fox 29 announced his theory. Genes and environment. Something in the environment is triggering a gene causing a chromesome change. So what is it?

    A recent theory has been dismissed in court. This was the theory that childhood vaccinations were giving our children Autism. Well that was proven not to be the case after a preservative was removed from the shots. The numbers are still increasing. Jenny McCarthy rallied over the Autism shots preaching to moms not to give thier children these much needed shots. Later to find that Jenny McCarthy's son did not have Autism and was misdiagnosed. He had something else similiar to Autism. 

    Another theory that came out during the time of the vaccination theory and was quickly forgotten. Toxic Dust. Toxic Dust was found in keyboards and monitors. For the protection of your keyboard and monitor spontaneously combusting there was a little chip inside the eminated dust that you could not see. This chip was later removed from production. Thus computer chips not the reason. Or so they tell us. 

    My Uncle has a theory and this makes a bit of sense. Computers themselves have programmed the minds of our babies during development in the womb. Thier minds are developed differntly than ours. Almost like the mind of a computer sometimes. Very intelligent and not social. I worked on a computer through both my pregnancies. It was my job for 9 hours a day and I had a home computer that I continued using after work for many hours in the night. The home computer and technology industries has taken off and so have the numbers of Autism. Could this be the reason? They would never tell?

    Many things have been blamed. The prenatal vitamins you took, The drugs you took for a respiratory infection, you live near a dump, you didn't sleep enough. You got to much of this and not enough of that. Many things are to blame but nothing is the blame. At least not yet.

    If you don't know what Autism is. It is a nueoroligical disorder that affects the way a person sees, thinks ,smells ,hears, eats, speaks, and socializes. It is a sensory disorder a speech disorder, a behavior disorder and a social disorder all wraped up into one person. It is debilitating and rewarding to raise a child with Autism. 

April is Autism month. Please take a few minutes and become more aware.   


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