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.


kmassman April 26, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

This is a really great layout! Thanks for sharing!

sarah April 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

i LOVE the puzzle pieces on this one! saw it on, and i thought this one was fab!


Cheryl April 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Delores thank for doing this while not even having a child on the spectrum yourself. My son has Asperger's and our diagnosis did come later than I would have liked looking back. We did not find out until he was nearly 6 years old and that was just 2 short years ago but with some pretty fantastic intervention he has really turned around in the main area of problems he was having. To find out our child was not as perfect as he looks at first was devastating however now I feel that there is really nothing he cant do-we just have to work a little harder at it! Take CAre, cheryl

Cindy April 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Great LO! I would never have discovered your blog or gallery if not for this blog hop, so thanks so much for participating! Love your work!!

Adrienne Pierce April 26, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

I really think you touched on a great point here, that children are often not diagnosed until much later, a family friends son was not diagnosed until he was 5 being told he just had behavioral problems. This is why awareness is so important! I love your layout!!!

Marlene Murphy April 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

I am learning a lot this morning. I really love your layout, what a great photo.

TeenaBugg38 April 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

Bless you for helping to get the word out dispell a lot of the myths and stereotypes people ahve about individuals with Autism. Our family has been touched profoundly by this disorder and I am really glad to see someone actually promoting truth!!!

Dara Lynn April 26, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

What a wonderful way to incorporate the loves of our and creativity with scrapbooking! I have a 27 year old son with special needs who now lives on his own. What a beautiful man he has grown up to be, however the hurdles we have crossed when he was younger, has made him a loving, compassionate, giving person. It is wonderful to continually bring autism to the forefront. So many are out there who struggle with services needed for these children!

Audra April 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

really great info!! and I love that layout... really cool photo!! :)

Colleen April 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

I love following the posts on this blog-hop. Such great information and layouts!

mustangkayla April 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Love your layout! Great info...tfs!

S April 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Nice layout and good information. Thanks for taking the time to share.

Dani April 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Fantastic layout! Thanks for sharing all of this info!!

Aj April 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I love your LO! thank you and all of the other wonderful bloggers for providing such an enlightening blog-hop :)

Sandy April 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

This is a great layout! Lovin the blog hop and so happy that ya'll are getting the message out there, being the mother of a 19 year old severe autistic son, I know that this is the key...getting parents informed!


dawnelaine April 26, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

I love your layouts, Dolores. I actually followed you over from the QuicKutz site because I enjoyed your designs so much. (I hope that doesn't make me a stalker! :)) On another note, we received a diagnosis of Asperger's on our son just two years ago - when he was 18 and began displaying unusual, dangerous behavior. Until that time, his differences had always been chalked up as a learning disorder. Currently, we are frantically trying to find answers for a wonderful young man who desperately "just wants to be normal" - his own words. It is a heartbreak.

Teresa Jaye April 26, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Thank you for participating in this blog hop and for the information you have given. The picture of your husband as a boy is adorable and I love your layout. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Heather Landry April 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

I'm just dropping by to check out all of the blog hop posts. I'm so proud to be a part of this DT! You girls totally rock for sharing your time, and your stories with everyone.

Your layout is just adorable Delores!

Joy April 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

Thank you for sharing this important info on Autism.

Monica April 26, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

Great layout! Thanks for the information.

Melinda AKA medialady April 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Thanks for your support of your dear friends. Also, love this great layout!

becnalec April 27, 2010 at 2:11 AM  

great layout, love the puzzle pieces.

IrisGoddess April 27, 2010 at 5:07 AM  

Cute photo! Your layout is awesome. I like the background pp.

Amanda Sevall April 28, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

What an awesome layout! The puzzle pieces are great!

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