Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way an individual communicates and relates to people around them. Children and adults with autism experience difficulties with everyday social interaction. The degree to which a person is affected by autism falls along a spectrum. Some people will have very limited language capability and have high support needs, others may have exceptional language abilities and require very little support. In all cases, it is important to understand the disorder and the supports and services available to the individual and family.
Newly diagnosed families are particularly at sea. Hearing the diagnosis for the first time can be overwhelming and it may be hard for families to absorb information. Autism Nova Scotia recognized a need and created an Autism Information & Resource Kit for newly diagnosed families. The InfoKit is a comprehensive binder filled with information to help families get their feet under them. It provides links to resources in the community and tidbits of information to help parents as they navigate the medical and education systems. The Infokit also includes 2 books, one for the parents to help support them as they start their journey, and the other is a picture book for the child to enjoy.
Click here for our Information Kit:
A few facts about autism:
1. 1/88 children have a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2012).
2. ASD occurs 4 times more often in males than in females.
3. ASD is not related to race, ethnicity, family income, lifestyle or parenting.
4.There are many different treatment approaches but currently there is no cure.
Click here for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)