For our media project our initial plan was to do some research on Autism in hopes of bringing awareness to the cause. April is Autism month after all so why not honor it?! However due to schedule conflicts, we had to do a quick last minute change of topic. Initially, I thought that it would be great to find a volunteer parent or family member that would give us some insight of their experiences with raising a child diagnosed with Autism. We had so many questions that would have been so important to put out there for all of us to be better informed, particularly since more and more children nowadays are diagnosed with the condition. According to the Center of disease Control (CDC),”One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago”(Falco,2014).
Consequently, due to lack of understanding of initial signs related to the condition, many Children’s are not diagnosed early enough, which leads to further delays in treatment and developmental progress. According to Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland who diagnoses and treats children with autism, “We need to continue our efforts to educate the health care community and general public to recognize the developmental problems associated with ASD and other developmental disorders at earliest age possible, so that intervention can be initiated, bad habits can be avoided and families will know what’s wrong with their child,”(Falco, 2014).