Did you know that 1 in 68 American children are diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum? Studies also show that it is four to five times more common among boys than girls. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism can be characterized by having difficulties in social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communications and repetitive behaviors. Unfortunately at this time there is no one cause of autism and no specific cure. Scientists have been working diligently in trying to figure out what factors can cause autism, including specific genes and environmental factors.
At the Patchogue-Medford Library, we are starting a new initiative called “A3”. In our newsletter, look for the symbol on your right.
We’ve designated a few programs as “Awesome Autism-Friendly Activities” which are specifically designed for children with autism, but are open to any child within the age parameters. Some programs will include art therapy, creativity, socialization and are sensory friendly.
To learn more about autism or find out how you can help, please visit www.autismspeaks.org
To become involved in your local SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association), please click here.