Autism is not just one thing, it’s many things. They’re smart, yet face challenges learning new things. They’re hilarious, but have trouble interacting with others. They need something and feel something, but don’t know how to express what they need or feel. Their brain is wired differently and 1 in 45 children are effected by it.
What is it?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that displays challenges in behaviors, communication, socializing, interacting and learning along with gastrointestinal and sleeping disorders, sensory sensitivity and mental health challenges such as anxiety. Every child is unique and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The autism spectrum ranges from low functioning to high functioning and is based on how independent they are. Symptoms of autism can show as early as 24 months and is diagnosed by a doctor.
What does it look like?
"They don't look like they have autism" is something we hear. Autism is not something that can be seen immediately. Symptoms of autism that can be observed over time can include hand flapping in front of eyes, walking on tippy toes, rolling objects close to their eyes and obsessing over interests.
How do you cure it?
There is no "cure" for autism, but there are treatments that reduce symptoms that can interfere with life. These treatments, also considered therapies, are to help avoid behaviors and meltdowns. Starting these early have proven to have a positive effect on those diagnosed with autism.
Autism can be difficult for the child and the family. In a lot situations, it’s a hard pill to swallow for parents and can sometimes take time to accept that their child is different. What can we do to help those effected by autism? Educate our selves and be kind. If a child cuts the line, pause before saying anything. If you see a child having a tantrum, take a second to think about what that parent may be going through. We may find ourselves quick to judge and assume, but responding with patience and kindness goes a long way. Those effected by autism aren’t any different than us, they have dreams too…Dream On
The shirt design includes a puzzle piece similar to the Dream On hot air balloon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to TACA (The Autism Community in Action) Hawaii chapter on behalf of Team Noah.
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