Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
Autism is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and non-verbal communication as well as by unique strengths and differences.
There are different types of autism and the causes vary due to different combinations of genetic and environmental influences
Obvious signs appear between the ages of 2 – 3yrs. Sometimes as early as 18months.
Early interventions can improve outcomes. Treatment can help but this condition can’t be cured.
We have more than 100 thousand cases per year in Nigeria.
Today has been set aside to foster a greater understanding of autism In order to eliminate stigma.
Children living with autism are unique, they need love and not hate.
Show some love today!

35 thoughts on “Autism World Awareness day”

      1. They are been segregated if they are in a regular school settings, Autism child must be taking to special needs school, or inclusives type of educatonal settings.
        sometimes parents do harm them by thinking that they can do things like a normal child.

        1. Are the special needs schools present in every town? How accessible are they? And who owns them?- Individuals or government? What are their fees like? If are expensive, poor parents may prefer to keep their autism-affected children at home due to inability to afford their fees. These are factors that need to be looked into.

          1. My question always remains the fact that, while giving recommendations, we always direct it to an unknown entity. Who should look into it. What are you trying to do in your little as regards that. This is my first time I learned about Austism and she just did her path in enlightening me. Let’s do something please.

    1. Symptoms are visible from ages 2-3, the earliest it can be detected is around 18months
      I don’t think it can be traced during pregnancy stage, I am unaware of such measures.
      It is as the child grows that one can notice such deficiencies

    2. Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. Autism spectrum disorder appears in infancy and early childhood, causing delays in many basic areas of development, such as learning to talk, play, and interact with others. The signs and symptoms of autism vary widely, as do its effects. Some children with autism have only mild impairments, while others have more obstacles to overcome. However, every child on the autism spectrum has problems, at least to some degree, in the following three areas:

      1 Communicating verbally and non-verbally
      2 Relating to others and the world around them
      3.Thinking and behaving flexibly
      There are different opinions among doctors, parents, experts, and special educators, about what causes autism and how best to treat it. There is one fact, however, that everyone agrees on: (early and intensive intervention helps).
      For children at risk and children who show early signs, it can make all the difference.

  1. Mandy, I will recommend you go ahead to further enlighten the public on the things to be out in place to further help this cause. Thanks for this I must say. It’s my first time of knowing something about it.

  2. The first step I think is human capital development. How many experts in this field do we have? How many school counsellors do we have in the first place? not to talk of counsellors who are experts in autism who can carry out effective diagnosis of the problem in order to identify it. How many clinical psychologists do we have in our public schools and other relevant institutions like the ministry of education (state and federal), SUBEB, etc? So, you can’t give what you do not have, simple!

  3. Yes prevention is better than cure but what about those who tried to prevent it but their labours were futile? Creation of more schools which should be affordable and accessible should be made available to these children. This will help them more.

  4. I’m glad to return here to share that during the GYSD activities my location group visited these children and Tade here who is an educator of children with special needs was there with us.
    It is really good to follow up what we discuss here. Action is the best tool we can use.

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