April is, of course, Autism Awareness Month. And this month the yearly observance was preceded by the CDC’s announcement of the prevalence of autism, which is increasing at a dizzying speed: 1 in 68 children in the United States—and 1 in 42 boys—is on the autistic spectrum. This is up from 1 in 88 children a mere two years ago.
The announcement was followed by a call for the government to research and find reasons/answers for these alarming and increasing numbers.
While waiting, it’s clear that parents of children on the autistic spectrum need to be more than aware; we need to remain proactive as our child’s primary advocates.
The choices we make for our children, the paths we choose to follow, the therapies we decide to implement to address the many challenges of autism are intensely personal. And yet, in many ways we’re all struggling with the same challenges. I’m hopeful a more open dialogue between parents will allow us to share what’s working, and what isn’t, in our own families.
With this in mind, I will be including in the pages of this blog some of the things we’ve tried with Corban that have made a significant difference for him. I share this information in the spirit of opening this dialogue as well as offering parents new to this journey a place to start.
I acknowledge right from the start that everything I mention in these pages will not work for everybody. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. There is no magic bullet or magic wand. I’m not a medical professional. And I recognize the spectrum defines a range. However, I’m constantly on the lookout for reasonable, practical, sensible, safe, and non-invasive things to try with Corban to address the challenges of autism. I will freely share these with readers of this blog in the hope that you, too, might find them helpful.
Regardless of the future numbers from the CDC or the government response to them, as parents we can’t afford to wait.