By: Amy Dienta
Current research suggests autism affects 1 in every 45 children in the United States. This number keeps getting higher and no one knows why or how children develop autism. Why is there such a wide range of what autism traits your child develops?
What do I hope we as a society learn from this annual day of autism awareness? I’m hoping that children learn how to treat their classmates with autism as a friend. I hoping that you see a blue light or blue shirt and think about that child you saw at the mall who you saw “acting up” and realize that maybe the mall light stimulates him too much and causes his behavior. Or the child at the friend’s children’s birthday party that was off.
I hope that you realize that autism is a hard diagnosis for a parent to receive about their child. Your entire life is changed, at that moment; this precious child of yours has autism.
When you see that blue light please think of how much complex therapy it takes to raise a child with autism. There’s ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and lots of other therapies to fit in weekly. I haven’t slept in on a Saturday in years because we have a weekly OT appointment at 9am, a 45 minute drive from our house.
My hope is that light it up blue is not a one day once a year thing. I hope it becomes the beginning of a larger circle of understanding and learning. So let’s light it up blue!!