How many people are autistic?

11 Apr

1 in every 150 people in the world have autism.
1 in every 88 people in the US have autism. (one percent of population-2 million people overall)

The number of autistic people is rising. We need to be more aware of the disorder.

The number of autistic people is rising. We need to be more aware of the disorder.

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Occupational Therapy

11 Apr

Combining all of my interests, Occupational Therapy seems to be the best career choice. As an OT I would be able to use Sign Language, work with disabled children, and have a fun job!

Wikipedia says… “Occupational therapy (also abbreviated as OT) is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of patients with a physical, mental or developmental condition.[1] Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places a premium on the progress towards the client’s goals.[2] Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.”

Sensitivities

11 Apr

This site is primarily to help parents with communicating to their autistic children but what I found most interesting was the sections about senses. The site depicts each of the five senses and how they apply to an autistic child (mostly the different ways they are sensitive).

http://reverseautismnow.org/autism-and-communication-5-ways-to-communicate.html

Brain Function

10 Apr
Scientists show how Autistic brains differ from "normal" functioning brains.

Scientists show how Autistic brains differ from “normal” functioning brains.

Miracle League-Buddy Interactions

7 Feb

This is a packet I got for Miracle League on how to treat our buddies! It is very interesting and informative!

Intelligence

7 Feb

I went looking for an article that would explain why Autistic kids are “secretly” more intelligent. This page does not due that, but it does state that point. Also, it discusses different types of testing Autistic children take to examine their intelligence and why those tests are valid or invalid  (with samples).

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-hidden-potential-of-autistic-kids

Future Career

7 Feb

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-treatment-overview

As a junior, college is a hot topic. During the many conversations I have been having lately, I think treating Autism is the path for me. I looked to this website to see specific ways to treat Autism. Rather, it provided general information on treatment and showed me that those things, overall, are exactly what I want to do with my life.