Putting A Baby Up For Adoption
Autism: even in the year 2017, although it is a word that we can casually encounter, it is still a word that is often misused and misunderstood.
Although April is dedicated to Autism Awareness Month, we at ABC for Adoption make it our year-long mission to provide our clients, employees, friends, and all those we encounter with the proper information regarding autism. But this month in particular, we’d like to do our part and help spread the word, and possibly clear up some common misconceptions on what autism is and how it affects people, particularly children.
Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, covers a wide variety of complex brain disorders that negatively impact brain development. According to the Rainbow Kids Adoption and Child Care Welfare Advocacy Group, an ASD can be something that is a mild inconvenience in a person’s normal routine, to something deeply disabling. Often, outward symptoms or signs of an ASD can include, but are not limited to repetitive behaviors, difficulties with social interaction, and struggling with both verbal and nonverbal communication.
Now that we know a little bit more about ASD, you may be asking yourself when you’ll if your child has these symptoms. Usually, the outward symptoms we discussed begin to be noticed when a child is either two or three years of age. If your child is having difficulty with understanding the behavior and gestures of both adults and other children their age, this may be a sign of an ASD. Other outward cues can include limited facial expressions, struggling with games and exercises that require imagination or make-believe, and an inability to communicate affection. Other difficult signs to witness can include delayed speech and difficulty comprehending the words they hear.
While the above information may seem hopeless and discouraging, there are plenty of signs of hope in a seemingly negative, and children impacted still lead extraordinary lives. While it is difficult to comprehend the challenges of dealing with an ASD first hand, it is crucial to stay positive and examine some positive statistics. For example, the approximately 25% of children with autism that are nonverbal go on to communicate by other means. It’s also encouraging to know that many children that do suffer from an ASD have exceptional abilities—about 40% have average to above average intellectual capacities.
Regardless of economic status, race, and yes, special medical conditions, our number one priority at ABC for Adoption is the best interests of the children placed in our care. And that includes informing you on both the joys and challenges they may one day face. Visit us at 175 Olde Half Day Rd Ste 100 in the heart of Lincolnshire. Feel free to give us a call for more information on Autism Awareness Month and the adoption process at 847-821-2901.