Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

It’s Autism Awareness Month. I don’t know anyone close to me that is affected by autism, but I do know that it is a disease that concerns a lot of parents.

According to the Center for Disease Control:

  1. 1 in 110 children is diagnosed with autism
  2. 1 in 70 males, boys are four times more likely than girls to be on the autism spectrum

What should parents look for? Some examples of warning signs are:

  • Not using social smiles or joyful expressions by six months or eye contact when their name is called by twelve months
  • Not using back-and-forth sharing of sounds, facial expressions or face-to-face play by nine months
  • Not using gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving or playing social games by 12 months
  • Not using independent two-word meaningful phrases by 24 months and not following 2-to-3 step directions at three years.
  • Presenting a loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
autism puzzle piece side  autism puzzle piece

Autism has become the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, which is why fine jewelry creator Chamilia has a sterling silver puzzle-piece bead in support of this cause for their Give Back program collection. Chamilia is a fine jewelry personalized accessory line that includes handcrafted charms in 14k gold, sterling silver, Swarovski® Elements, Italian Murano glass and colored stones that fit on the line’s bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The puzzle-piece bead gives stylish women the ability to help support Autism research.

Autism BraceletTo find a retail location that sells Chamilia fine jewelry just put in your zip code  at Chamilia.com. While you’re there you can browse the designs and/or design your own bracelet, save it to your wish list and share with friends. Creating and designing a bracelet is a lot of fun (yup, I made and saved one) and it would make a great personalized and meaningful gift.

While I was looking around to find a good resource for you to go to for more Autism Awareness information, I found a few sites that are selling products to help support Autism research. My favorite is CafePress.

For  more information about autism visit Autism Speaks.