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Autism Awareness Continued…

So yesterday was World Autism Awareness day I followed the hash tag on Twitter, re tweeted some posts or links, copy and pasted some links from the Autism Speaks website on to my Facebook for others to know more about the disorder. Then in the late afternoon we went out, we all dressed up in blue and went to Home Depot and got our light bulb. Our patio just has the one light bulb and its not very visible but we lit it up blue and it felt good to share in this with the rest of the ASD community even with something so little as a light bulb and some internet time. Here are a few pictures or links I found interesting yesterday.

 

Pictures, these are my own:

Home Depot: http://instagr.am/p/I7yPSaHbX7/

Light it up blue: http://instagr.am/p/I8HCvKHbcg/       &      http://instagr.am/p/I77U3FHbaD/

 

I was proud to find out that Egypt participated as well by lighting up a couple monuments including the Giza pyramids in blue in recognition of Autism. There is an active chapter that strives to educate and integrate the public with autism, true Egypt has a long way to go as most doctors and pediatricians do not check for developmental skills of infants and toddlers during well check-ups, a well known speech pathalogist even said that autism is just an excuse parents use for not teaching their child to speak and communicate properly, but all in all its a great step forward for the region.

 

Don’t forget that April is Autism Awareness month, so you still have time, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, TJMAXX and I’m sure other retailers are helping with donations, because of spring and the great weather you can find an Autism Walk near you to participate in. Everyday can be autism day, you can donate time or money any day of the year. With 1 in every 88 children affected by this disorder its the least you can do, just understand us and recognize the signs.

Extra brain cells may be key to autism

With this latest study they say that an increase in brain cells in the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for social, emotion and communication functions which develops during the second trimester may be behind the cause of autism, they also say they finally have something solid to build on but the study was done on a very limited scale.

Personally the size of Bilal’s head was never questioned by any of the doctors he’s seen and I dont think it is an issue for him, maybe cause his autism is mild the increase of brain cells are limited too. The second trimester for me is when things went bad, the high blood pressure, the water retention and the ear infection, those could have been triggers to cause the brain cells to increase…

Here you can find an article to read for yourself.

http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111108/hl_nm/us_autism_brain

Autistic Facial Features

According to new research they say children with autism have distinct facial features, that is if you know what you’re looking for. It is not as distinct as a feature as those with Down Syndrome.

“The study found children with autism had wider eyes, and a “broader upper face,” compared with typically developing children. According to the study, children with autism also had a shorter middle region of the face – including the nose and cheeks – as well as a wider mouth and philtrum, the divot above the lip and below the nose.

The study also found that children with more severe autism traits such as behavioral problems, language difficulties, and repetitive behaviors had distinct facial differences from other children with milder autism.”

 

I dont really understand what that means, Bilal looks like a mini-me and we dont have wide eyes, and I dont understand all the rest of it, short middle region, as in small nose and cheeks? Bilal has mild autism so he may have mild features…

They say recognizing when these features become obvious may indicate whether autism is genetic or environmental and may even make diagnosing easier.

My personal belief as they keep saying each child with autism is different then they are also different in appearance. I’m not sure this applies to Bilal’s case.

 

To read the news article you can check out: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20123858-10391704/children-with-autism-have-distinct-facial-features-study/

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