World Autism Awareness Day

Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. You can go to http://www.autismspeaks.org/ to learn more.

Lots of businesses and groups are Lighting It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. Last night the Empire State Building in New York City was lit up blue also Fenway Park in Boston! I can't wait to see pictures of that!

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

My youngest son, Nate has Autism Spectrum Disorder and has been receiving IBI (Intensive Behavioral Intervention) therapy almost three years. It has made such a difference in our lives. He started at three years old and early intervention is definitely key.

Blessings and peace,

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