April is Autism Awareness Month.
Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. This is about 3.5 million Americans. It is estimated that one percent of the world’s population lives with this disorder. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy at about 18 to 24 months, but they usually become clearer during early childhood around 24 months to 6 years.
There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has partnered with the The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) and is collecting new and gently used books including but limited to fiction, non-fiction. encyclopedias, and dictionaries for the new MAC School High School library. Please bring in any books that you can spare and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.
MAC currently services children and adolescents ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs, whether in-home, center based or school based, are individually tailored and adapted to provide the absolute best program possible for each child and adolescent attending MAC. In this way, MAC upholds its mission to promote the general education and welfare of children and youth challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorder and support the development of healthy families. When you are with MAC you will agree that nothing is impossible.