Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Winner of the Autism Awareness Blog Hop RAK!!

Thank you all for participating in the Ideas for Scrapbookers Autism Awareness blog hop!  It was a great experience for me.  I learned quite a bit about this disorder and that will help me as I work with friends who have children with Autism.

I am so happy to announce that Teresa Jaye is the winner of the $15.00 gift certificate to  If you will email me, Teresa, at, I will send your gift certificate to you.  Thanks again for participating!  Hope you all benefited from the information we shared.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Autism Awareness Blog Hop & RAK PRIZE!!

Thanks for joining the Ideas For Scrapbookers blog hop today.  If you've been hopping along, you just came from Heather's blog where you learned about the Types of Autism.  If you've just joined the hop, you can get a list of all the participating Artists here.  I'm going to be sharing information about the diagnosis of Autism.

Diagnosing ASDs can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders.  Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to help make a diagnosis.  They will ask the parents and caregivers to complete thorough histories of the child to help pinpoint when and if certain developmental milestones have been met.  Scrapbooks and baby albums can play a part in helping to record this important information.

ASDs can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger.  By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older.  This delay means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need.  It is imperative to recognize the early signs of Autism (see Cathy's blog) and request an evaluation for your child as soon as possible.  Experienced doctors that specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and care of persons with ASD can include neuro-developmental pediatricians, neurologists, and specialty care pediatricians.

To learn more, please visit the National Autism Association
A few of my friends have Autistic children and I can see the challenges they face with this disorder. To celebrate Autism Awareness month I put together the following layout using the color scheme and puzzle pieces from the Autism logo.   The cute little guy here is my husband at age 3, I treasure these old slides.

Because you have taken some of your time today to join our blog hop and make a stop here, I will be giving away a $15.00 gift certificate to to one random guest. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. I will select one person from a random draw and reveal the winner Wednesday, 4/28/10, on my blog, so stop back by to see it its you. Good Luck to everyone!!

Next stop on the blog hop is Sarah who will be sharing information about medical issues that accompany autism.


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