Hope For Three

Last night we attended an event to raise awareness for Autism put on by the Hope for Three Foundation – a non-profit organization whose charter it is raise awareness for Autism and to aid families who have to adjust to life with Autism.  – A very worthwhile cause!  So I wanted to first personally thank Darla Farmer, Founder of Hope for Three, and her staff as well as Evelyn Traylor and Kris Chomout for the wonderful night that they put together.

Austism, as it turns out, effects more families than we know….about 1 in 50 kids have Autism.  It is not something that you can look at someone and say, well they obviously have Autism.  Some of the signs for this leading developmental disability in the US are (according to Hope For Three (http://hopeforthree.org/learn-the-signs/);

  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
  • Not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll) by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Have delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

 

To understand more about Autism or see how you can help raise awareness, contact Darla and her staff at http://hopeforthree.org/contact-us/

2013-04-09T13:38:49-05:00