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 in 110 children is diagnosed with autism
- 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 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.
To 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.