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Non-profit Charity Brings Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness to South Florida

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in AHF News

Non-profit Charity Brings Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness to South Florida

Author: M. Medina-Capote On October 6, 2012, American Health Foundation celebrated its inaugural fundraiser event “Sabor Latino for Autism” which took place at Reception Palace Ballrooms, in Miami. It was indeed a success, banding together over 300 of our community advocates, leaders and professionals who all share the vision of providing access to care and support for children and young adults vexed with autism and neuro-developmental disorders and their families. In addition to a delightful evening of dinner, dance and live entertainment, the night’s highlights included presentations...

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of disorders characterized by impairments or delays in social interaction, communication and language, as well as by repetitive routines and behaviors. They are called spectrum disorders because of the wide range and severity of symptoms. Children with ASD do not follow the typical patterns of child development. In some children, hints of future problems may be apparent from birth. In most cases, the problems in communication and social skills become more noticeable as the child lags further behind other children the same age. ASD is defined by a...

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Therapy Interventions

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Autism

Therapy Interventions

A child with problems severe enough to interfere with learning, mobility, self-care, or communication, therapies may provide stimulation to help the child ameliorate, compensate for, or adapt to the impairment or disability. Therapists, work with the family, child, physician, and teacher to promote a positive functional adaptation to impairment or disability in the context of the child’s developmental progress. There are a number of traditional and alternative therapies available to help children with developmental disorders that should be explored in conjunction with medical...

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Autism Warning Signs

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Autism

Autism Warning Signs

Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age Does not speak one word by 16 months Does not combine two words by 2 years Does not respond to name Loses language or social skills Poor or absent eye contact

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Facts on Autism

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Autism

Facts on Autism

As many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a rate of 10-17% per year. Autism is now considered the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys Autism is more common than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis or childhood cancer. Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade Autism is a spectrum...

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