April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a range of conditions that is characterized with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and non-verbal communications. It can be caused by environmental influences, along with a combination of genetics. My nephew, Caleb Chase Williams-Lane, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was two years old. Asperger Syndrome is a sub-type of Autism. Those diagnosed with this have difficulty interacting with others on a social basis, rarely make eye contact, have repetitive speech, awkward movements, and much more.
If you are one with Autism or are raising a child with Autism, you know it takes a village to do so. There are even some who are doing so alone. Let’s become more aware by educating ourselves, encouraging one another, and by supporting each other. With my nephew, I have learned that truly interacting with him and being patient with him has helped him to grow tremendously. Don’t treat these ones any different. Treat them the same way as you would someone without Autism. You will be amazed at how much it helps them to improve the skills they may lack in.
We are shining the light on these people for Autism Awareness Month because they are a true inspiration and proof that if you trust and believe, life goes on.