2009-04-30 / Local & State

Franklin County Library Supports Autism Awareness

In support of Autism Awareness Month, The Franklin County Library System Bookmobile and Outreach Department has compiled a resource booklet about autism. The booklet contains a listing of autism resources and materials that are available at Franklin and Fulton County libraries.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Information from the Autism Society of America's Web site http://www.autism-society.org says that the signs to look for in the children in your life are:

Lack of or delay in spoken language

Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)

Lack of interest in peer relationships

Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play

Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on available free resources, stop by any Franklin or Fulton County library for an autism booklet. Any of the materials listed can be requested to be delivered to your home library. There is also a listing of local autism support groups and services.

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