Monday, April 26, 2010

Autism Awareness Blog Hop + RAK!!!


It's a blog hop!! This hop is a bit different than most you may have followed. Today at each of the blogs in our hop we are going to share some information about Autism. All of us at Ideas For Scrapbookers are concerned with special needs of all kinds. Several of our families are directly affected by physical, medical, developmental or cognitive challenges. Both Cathy and I have children that are on the Autism Spectrum. With April being Autism Awareness Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some information as well as some scrapbooking and crafting with you.

We hope that you enjoy hopping to the blogs of the Artists, (some are even offering RAK's to the hop participants). So be sure to check them all out!


The hop spots are:

Cathy ~ Scraps of Life

Heather ~ Miracles Momma Designs

Dolores ~ The Joy of Scrapbooking

Sarah ~ Red Oak Lines

Susan ~ Keeping in Touch


So let's start it off by helping you understand what autism is.


What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people. ASDs are “spectrum disorders.” That means ASDs affect each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. People with ASDs share some similar symptoms, such as problems with social interaction. But there are differences in when the symptoms start, how severe they are, and the exact nature of the symptoms.


A Few Autism Facts
  • Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • Autism is 4-5 times more prevalent in males than in females
  • Autism is a life-long disorder
To learn more please visit Autism Speaks

Today I am sharing a page I made about my son who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two and a half. This is a follow up to the page titled: A Year of Progress. First I am sharing the text for my page.

Sean, over the years, you have made so much progress. You were diagnosed with Autism at the age of two and a half. At that time you were barely talking or giving eye contact. The doctor seemed hopeful and encouraged us to be the same way! Over the years, you started talking so much that we knew that you would be just fine in that area. You began to read around the age of three and your speech came along with that. Your communication skills grew and grew and by the time you entered first grade, you will were able to play along side with your peers. We have had you in speech therapy since you were around three and you always did so well with that. You all are learning more and more how to use your social skills when appropriate! Daddy and I are so proud of your and know that your future is bright!



Leave a comment to win a cool RAK from me!!! I will randomly chose one person to win a $35 gift certificate to scrapbook.com OR a prize pack if you want that instead. I will chose (randomly) that winner on April 29th at 10 pm and announce it shortly after that ;)

Next stop on the blog hop is Cathy who will be sharing information about the signs of ASDs. If you get lost in the hop, you can always come back here to the full list of participants and continue on your journey.

I also wanted to thank Cathy for taking the time to put this blog hop together! Thanks Cathy!!

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about autism.


36 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful page!

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  2. Pam I so wish I would have known about this hop-I would have loved to participate. My son is also affected by a milder form known as Asperger's. I hope that all of us Mom's collectively will raise autism awareness to the point that some research is done.There may never be a "cure" but at least our kids may be able to get some understanding in society!

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  3. this post makes me smile! :) and LOVE that layout, pam!

    hugs,
    sarah.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story! I just loved loved loved your year page! It truly shows how you held dear all the little improvements and just how much a child puts forth the effort to achieve those "little" things... I kinda giggles with the "no" stage...how it must have been a little happy moment for you to finally reach that stage that all kids go to...it made me think how much I get aggravated over the constant no's and realize how lucky I was to have it. Hope to hear many more progress updates!

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  5. Please keep me in mind for next years hop (see, I am already telling you this is gonna be HUGE!!)I have a teenage son with Autism and the road has been rocky to say the least. But God only gives special kids (no matter what the problem is) to special parents!! My son is profoundly affected and also labled as mentally retarded. If one more persom asks me if he can count cards like the Rain Man I might scream !!! So thank you for doing this hop!!

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  6. What a wonderful blog hop! I just shared the link with all of my friends!
    Thanks for sharing your story :)

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  7. great layout and awesome journaling... thanks for sharing!! :)

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  8. As a teacher of students with special needs, I love to hear stories like this and see the information getting out there and educating of people. It warms my heart and wets my eyes.

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  9. What a great idea! I think every parent needs to know about Autism. If it is caught early and the child gets the correct help they need it can be so incredibly beneficial to their development! Kudos to you for all that you do for your son, it is hard work!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your page with us, and for the information on autism. I learned a little something today that will make me more aware.

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  11. What a fabulous layout! Such a sweet story.. and I'm glad you're spreading information about autism. What a great theme for a blog hop!

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  12. What an AMAZING page and an awesome cause. Thank you for sharing with us all...
    - April W

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  13. What a great layout, the colours are beautiful. Also thanks for sharing about autism ... some things I didn't know!

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  14. I love that you're doing an autism awareness blog hop. Great LO too!

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  15. Thank you for the info on ASDs and for sharing your layout.

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  16. After reading through all of the hops, I am even more convinced of my thoughts on Delia.

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  17. I do not see my comment, maybe I posted it to someone else. I commented about while in Nicaragua, a women we stayed with has a daughter who is thought of as mentally impaired. From knowing you, my first impression was that the woman, now 30, is autistic. She has had no schooling and her mother is the only caregiver. The worry is that when her mom can no longer take care of her what happens? There are no social services down there.

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  18. I love this :) Thank you for sharing your story! I am really learning a lot with this blog hop so many thanks to everyone participating!

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I am the mother of a son with severe autism. I would have loved to have been a part of this blog hop... thanks so much for doing this ;o)

    Sandy
    www.asmylittleworldturns.blogspot.com

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  20. Thank you for this hop and the information. Your layout is beautiful, the journaling will be so appreciated as time goes on. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  21. I'm just dropping by to check out all of the blog hop posts. I'm so proud to be a part of this DT! You girls totally rock for sharing your time, and your story with everyone.

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  22. Thanks for all the useful info. Your story and layout are inspriing!!

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  23. ohh what a wonderful idea for a blog hop! Thank you so much for posting all of the autism information. I love the layout of sean too!

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  24. as a former child care provider and now working in a speech and language center, it is so encouraging to see this hop! thank you for sharing you and your son's experience!

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  25. This is awesome that you are bringing light to this important subject. As a school teacher I see many students and families dealing with this issue. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  26. Thanks so much for sponsoring this blog hop and giving this informative info. I drive a school bus and had a child last year with autism that rode with me.

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  27. what a great way to do a blog and to provide the scrapbooking community with all the information on Autism.

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  28. you must be very proud...hugs...xxx

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  29. What a great page! I've taught children in my classes with various forms things on the Autism spectrum and it's hard sometimes watching their interactions with other children. It's so great to see the progress your son has made.

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  30. Thanks for sharing about your son. This blog spot has been an encouragement to me as we are currently navigating through these waters ourselves. Thanks again.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your experience with such a beautiful page!

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  32. What a wonderful bloghop to have during Autism Awareness Month. Thank you.

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  33. Ladies, what a great great job! I love being part of the DT here and think you guys rock for sure. So great of everyone to share their stories!

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  34. What a great way to spread awareness! Definitely going to check out the other blog posts. :)

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing your story...so inspiring. I'm sure there's much more progress to come!

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  36. What a lovely page and beautiful sentiments to Sean. He'll love to read them as he gets older!

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