Are you familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological condition that can affect the normal function of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems. It impacts normal brain development leaving most individuals with communication problems, difficulty with typical social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour. There is also a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests.
The term “spectrum” refers to a continuum of severity or developmental impairment. Children and adults with ASDs usually have particular characteristics in common, but the conditions cover a wide spectrum, with individual differences in:
Number and particular kinds of symptoms
Severity: mild to severe
Age of onset
Levels of functioning
Challenges with social interactions
According to the latest estimates (March 2014) from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 8-year old children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represents a 30% increase in the prevalence rate previously reported by the CDC.
Individuals on the autism spectrum tend to have varying degrees and combinations of symptoms and therefore treatment must be specific to the individual. It is also important to keep in mind that individuals with autism vary widely in their needs, skills and abilities.
There is no standard “type” or “typical” person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Knowing the early signs that lead to early diagnosis can lead to optimal outcomes.
Autism is treatable.
London Drugs, Puzzled Jewelry and the Pacific Autism Family Centre have teamed up to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Between January 8th and February 19th, 2016, a 925 sterling silver puzzle piece necklace will be available to purchase at all BC and Alberta London Drugs locations to support the new Autism Centre of Excellence.
At a cost of $25.00 plus tax, the proceeds of the necklace will go towards the new Autism Centre. Slated to open in the Summer of 2016, the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) core purpose is to become a knowledge centre while addressing the support and services required. The centre will be the hub for research, and collaboration, providing individuals and their families with resources for their lifespan.
Puzzled Jewelry is a brand with a cause, created by Patricia James, Keri Kennett, and Debbie Sui, three mothers joined together by an autism diagnosis that affects each of their little boys. Each year, Puzzled Jewelry will design a unique puzzle piece item to build awareness if Autism. Proceeds will go to PAFC.