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Monday, April 2, 2012

World Autism Awareness Day and Scrap n' Art Giveaway!!

UPDATE: The Giveaway Prize has grown. See what is included at the bottom of this post!

Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day.  The month of April is Autism Awareness Month.

Please read through to the end of this blog post to find out how you can win the giveaway!


Autism is a complex neurological developmental disability that is lifelong.  Recent news shows that the rate of autism has increased yet again. It is currently at 1 in 88, nearly doubled the rate in 2007.  When the first of my 2 sons that are on the spectrum was diagnosed, the rate was 1 in 1,000. Work towards finding a cause and improved treatment still has a long way to go.

One of the best things that can be done right now, by everyone, is to increase awareness and improve acceptance of those on the spectrum. There is so much information to learn about autism, more than I can fit on one blog post. So I'm just going to share some information about the signs of autism, as well as some behavioral aspects of autism.

Signs of Autism
People with Autism Spectrum Disorders may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life. 

A child or adult with an ASD might: 
  • not play “pretend” games
  • not point at objects to show interest
  • not look at objects when another person points at them
  • have a lack of appropriate eye gaze
  • avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all
  • lack warm, joyful expressions
  • have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • not share interest or enjoyment with others
  • prefer not to be held or cuddled or might cuddle only when they want to
  • appear to be unaware when other people talk to them but respond to other sounds
  • lack response to their name
  • be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
  • repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language (echolalia)
  • have unusual prosody in verbal communication (little variation in pitch, odd intonation, irregular rhythm, unusual voice quality)
  • have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
  • repeat actions over and over again
  • have trouble adapting when a routine changes
  • have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound
  • lose skills they once had (for instance, stop saying words they had been using, regress in toileting skills)
To learn more, please visit First Signs

Repetitive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Although people with autism usually appear physically normal, odd repetitive motions may set them apart from other children and adults. These behaviors might be extreme and highly apparent or more subtle. Some children and older individuals repeatedly flap their arms or walk on their toes. Some suddenly freeze in a position. Some will hum, some like to rock in a chair, on a swing or on their feet.  These behaviors are referred to as 'self-stimming" behaviors.

Many children with autism need, and demand, absolute consistency in their environment. A slight change in routines, such as mealtimes, dressing, taking a bath, and going to school at a certain time or by the same route, can be extremely stressful. 

To learn more, please visit Asperger Syndrome.org 



By learning more about autism, and understanding the individuals on the spectrum, we can be more understanding and accepting.  We can open the world to the many talents and wonders of people diagnosed with autism. And when you do, your world will be instantly improved!


GIVEAWAY!!!!!


To help celebrate Autism Awareness Month, I am giving away a Full Year Premium Subscription to Scrap n' Art Magazine!!!! Drop by the Scrap n' Art Facebook page too!. That's 12 months of  tremendous creative content, ideas, tutorials, reviews and more!! You can also find Scrap n' Art on Facebook here.

That's a $24 value!!  All you have to do is leave a comment (or comments - see below) on this blog post to be entered in the drawing to win!  You can have up to 3 chances to win, here's how:
  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Become a follower of my blog (see the right side panel) and leave a comment on this post to let me know you are a follower.
  3. "Like" Scrappycath Creations on Facebook, then leave me a comment here on this blog post that you have done so.

Easy-peasy - you have up to 3 chances to win. Just leave an individual comment on this blog post for each item that you have done to get each of your 3 chances to win.  You have until midnight Monday April 9 (eastern time) to leave your comments here.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday April 10, so be sure to come back and check to see if you won!

Thank you and Good Luck!!!!







UPDATE: The prize has just grown!  The wonderful people at May Arts Ribbon have joined up with me. They are offering the winner 3 spools of ribbon (winners choice)!!!   You can see all their beautiful products at their website here.  
Krisi's Kreations has also joined!  Krisi has added a $10 gift certificate to her shop!
Don't miss this chance to win!!  Enter now!!

52 comments:

  1. I love your post Cathy. As a mom to a ASD child the journey has had it's challenges so I know what you are going through.

    I am lucky that my son is high on the spectrum but there is still so much to learn about this disorder that you never know what to expect day by day.

    Best of luck to you and your family. Hopefully someday we will learn where this disorder started and more on how to help those that have it be accepted for the wonderful individuals that they are!

    Hugs...
    Mary Ann

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  2. Very informative post!! Great LO!!

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  3. Bless you Cathy for your strength, courage, and all that you do to spread awareness. For those of us that love someone on the spectrum, autism is so much more than one day or one month. You are an amazing inspiration, creatively and personally!

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  4. I too have a child with ASD and other challenges! It is so great that you are helping to bring attention to something that touches so many of us!

    May Arts sent me!

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  5. As the proud mama of an autistic boy - thank you! :)

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  6. May arts sent me. Love your post.

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  7. May Arts sent me! My son is nearly 7 and next week we have his assessment to see if he has Aspergers. Whatever the outcome he's still my boy and I love him loads

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  8. May Arts sent me! My son is nearly 7 and next week we have his assessment to see if he has Aspergers. Whatever the outcome he's still my boy and I love him loads

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  9. God Bless You and your family. All kids are special in their own way. You are an inspiration to all.

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  10. I have been a follower of yours for a while now. Again, you are an inspiration to all.

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  11. May Arts sent me. Im glad they did. What a wonderful post to make people aware so they accept Autism for what it is. I Did a blog hop yesterday and was hooked until the end. Reading all the stories, my heart went out to everyone with Autism at that point. Thank you for sharing and let it be known you are reaching people.

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  12. I am now a follower of your blog

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  13. It was an eye opener.. Thanks for the article.. I have become a follower of this blog.. Great giveaway, wish to be picked up.. :)

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  14. Great Blog today!

    As someone who's friends have children with autism and one with asperger's, I know what a challenge it can be for them. God Bless!

    Julie O (Ohio4hmom)

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  15. P.S. I'm now following your blog and liked your FB :) great site!

    Julie O (Ohio4hmom)

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  16. Thank you for doing this. When I was pregnant with my boy I read up a lot on autism because I knew the risk is fairly high with boys.

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  17. THANKs for an indepth article on ASD! The layout is beautiful. It's @amazing! But Noah, my ds with ASD, brings out my creative side as well!

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  18. THANKs for an indepth article on ASD! The layout is beautiful. It's @amazing! But Noah, my ds with ASD, brings out my creative side as well!

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  19. THANKs for an indepth article on ASD! The layout is beautiful. It's @amazing! But Noah, my ds with ASD, brings out my creative side as well!

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  20. I love how you said that you want to first improve acceptance and awareness of people with autism. I feel this is such an important point. I think many people spend a lot of time and energy thinking about sortof conspiracy theories about why autism rates are skyrocking. I feel if they took that time to spend time with people with autism (or any other developmental disability), they would be making much better use of their time. Leave the research as to why to the experts.

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  21. What a great way to light it up blue for Autism, Cathy! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  22. Liked Scrappycath Creations on FB.

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  23. Thanks so much! What a great way to bring awareness to the prevalence of autism! My son is an aspie and while we have challenges, there are so many joys and I think the more people know the more they can appreciate those that aren't quite wired the same.

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  24. I am now following your blog!

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  25. Keep up your great work, Cathy! And thank you for raising awareness about Autism. You're an inspiration!

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  26. I posted this on my blog - good luck with your awareness efforts!

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  27. What a beautiful way to bring attention to Autism. I know parents and sibling that have been touched by autism and there are truly some very bad misconceptions out there. God bless you.

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  28. I've shared this post a couple of times on my Facebook.

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  29. Thank you for this post. I've learned a lot!

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  30. thank you so much for the information and the terrific giveaway!

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  31. I've liked you on facebook and shared your post too! thanks so much!

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  32. Thank you for taking time to give us a look into autism. It's obvious the more we know, the better friend we can be. And thanks too, for the great giveaway.

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  33. I am now a follower. I enjoyed looking through your blog. Thank you May Arts too. I love their ribbons.

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  34. God bless you and your family. Thanks for the information on Autism and thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Thanks for the chance! Love the prizes.

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  36. I am following your blog - I have it in my reader as well but I think I did it over in the sidebar correctly as well.

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  37. I am now following you on facebook.

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  38. I am a follower. thank you for the information. this is a wonderful idea.

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  39. I liked your facebook page. thanks for this great giveaway...:}

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  40. https://twitter.com/#!/lmjrocko

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  41. Great information. Thanks for the chance.

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  42. I just subscribed to your blog. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  43. I love this blog. I am not a mother of a child with Austism or on the Spectrum, but I have a very special place for them in my heart. I am a teacher who works with children as well as adults with Austism, Aspergers as well as other special needs. They are very special. I am an advocate for children and adults with Autism. I believe they should have the same benefits, and do the same things, as much as they can as other children who are not on the Spectrum. I give all the caregivers: mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of children with Autism a huge hug. You have a very special child in your life.

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  44. Great information! Awesome prizes - thanks for the chance!

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  45. I have a cousin with two sons with autism and really appreciate your post about the subject!

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  46. My aspie son is in his freshman year at college: the challenges change as they grow, but there IS progress! The journey generates a lot of scrapbook-able moments! Thanks for the post, and the chance to win!

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  47. Cathy I think this is wonderful that you are bringing attention to this. I teach Autistic children and the more info we have the better! :)

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