ProudParenting members – Happy 2 B moms – bring autism to our attention in a recent post.
The Orange County moms, to 2 1/2-year old Eric [pictured], write:
Today, 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.
As you can see from our pictures, Eric is a “normal” looking little boy. He was having delayed speech issues and began to have behavioral problems (tantrums) which were becoming more severe. He was meeting all of his milestones till he hit about 2 1/2 than the “signs” started showing.
The Autism spectrum is very broad and isnt what people used to think of as typical Autism, non-affectionate kids that dont make eye contact. My son does quite the contrary. He is very social however his expressive and receptive speech is not at the level it should be and he is what the world sees as a “brat” with “bad parents” when we are shopping or out to dinner.
Take a moment to visit AutismSpeaks.org or any other autism website and check it out. Thanks!