I wanted to update my Jordan Knight interview article from yesterday, Singer Jordan Knight and Talking About Autism. I was surprised that Jordan Knight didn’t know anything about Autism. Ten years ago, Autism wasn’t talked about that much. Now, I thought Autism Awareness was at the point that everyone had a little bit of knowledge of it. Well, I didn’t have time to educate Jordan Knight on Autism when I interviewed him. That’s why I wanted to do this article, and dedicate it to educating Jordan Knight about Autism children.
Educating Jordan Knight on Autism
Alright Jordan Knight, the first thing you need to know is “What is Autism?” Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. It is a spectrum disorder, which means that there is a wide range of abilities and disabilities within the spectrum. Also, no one child is alike. When you have met one autistic child, you have met one autistic child.
Basic Autism Facts Jordan Knight Should Know
1 in 88 children are diagnosed with Autism, and the rate rises every year. The rate among boys is even higher. No one knows what causes Autism. There are treatments and therapies galore for children with Autism. Some are covered by insurance, while others are not. There isn’t one treatment that will work with every child. Parents have to try different things to find out what their child responds to. This costs money. A lot of money. Most insurance companies don’t pay for autism treatments. Some will pay for therapy.
My son is 13 and completely nonverbal. He communicates with pictures and using a communication device. He’s also extremely low functioning. He has sensory issues with sound and touch. He enjoyed the Old Navy Funnovation event yesterday, in the beginning, then the noise really got to him. If you look back to the article I did, and look at the pictures, you’ll notice how he is holding his ears. It is common for an autistic child to have some kind of sensory issue.
I could spend hours, and pages, educating you on Autism, but I won’t. I don’t want to overload you on too much information. I’ve given you some basics. You can look around my blog for more information. Also, find me on Twitter (@taless), and I can answer your questions.