Did you know that more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined and that 1 person in every 100 has an Autism Spectrum Disorder which affects 40,000 people and families in New Zealand!
So what is Autism?An Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life-long developmental disability affecting social and communication skills. People with the disability can also have accompanying learning disabilities; but, whatever their general level of intelligence, everyone with the condition shares a difficulty in making sense of the world.
What causes it?The exact cause or causes is/are still unknown but research shows that genetic factors are important. In many cases Autism Spectrum Disorder may also be associated with various conditions affecting the brain such as, maternal rubella, tuberous sclerosis and encephalitis.
Onset is almost always from birth or before age three, although people with the condition may go through life without being diagnosed - and without receiving help that could help them live more fulfilled lives
"Classic" autism affects four times as many boys as girls; Asperger syndrome affects nine times as many boys as girls. It is found among all races, nationalities and social class.
Who is affected by it?
Can people with Autism Spectrum Disorders be helped?Yes! Although it is a life long disability there are ways of helping especially if a child is diagnosed early
Recognizing the disorder
Features of the disorder can vary widely from one person to another; there is no single feature that defines either Autism or Asperger syndrome.
For example, a child with an autism spectrum disorder may make eye contact, speak with perfect grammar or put an arm around another child who is crying. Occasional behaviour such as this doesn't exclude an autism spectrum disorder; it's the overall pattern that's relevant, not the intermittent flashes of "normality".
The degree to which people with an autism spectrum disorder are affected varies, but all those affected have impairments in social interaction, social communication and imagination. This is known as the "triad of impairments".
Pieces of HopePieces of Hope was inspired by a child with autism, whose family are employees of Riley Blake Designs. Autism Speaks and Riley Blake Designs thank you for your support, which provides hope for all those affected by autism.
Sew Pretty are donating 60cents from each FQ sold to Autism NZ.
The range is available here in both Fat Quarters, Meters and Bundles.
Information has been obtained from Autism New Zealands Website
and from Riley Blake Designs website: