The disorder is mainly defined as, “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior”, and can be diagnosed in a child as young as 18 months of age. According to the Mayo Clinic, boys are affected at a higher rate than girls. The cause of the disorder is not completely known, but scientist believe that both genetics and environmental factors plays a role.
Autism Awareness is helping more people to understand this issue and helping children to be better diagnosed. I can admit that the first time I saw someone with Autism was on the movie Mercury Rising. I had heard of the disorder but never actually met a person with the disorder. While I watched the movie I was amazed how smart the kid was with the things he was doing. But I wondered if that was a true representation of the disorder. As time went on I found out the one thing the movie had correct was how smart autistic children are. I learned that there are different ways that autism is presented in an individual and everyone does not act the same way.
Other movies have been created since more light has been shined on Autism. Here are a list of 5 movies that can be seen on Netflix about Autism:
- Sounding The Alarm
- Fly Away
- Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon
- A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism
- The Story of Luke
There are a few more titles that was present but these are noted as the top 5. I am a nurse and have now been in contact with a few patients with Autism and I can say they were a joy, but I plan on watching these movies to get a little more insight into what my patients and their families go thru. Will you join me in further educating yourself on this disorder? Have you worn blue to acknowledge Autism this month? Well April has just started so you have several more days to represent your support.
April is Autism Awareness month so be sure to educate yourself on this disorder a little more. Share the information that you learn, and if you know someone with Autism be more supportive if you haven’t been.