Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years [autismspeaks.org].
With April being National Autism Awareness Month, here’s the story of little Isabella (pictured above with Kimberly Cortez, a physical therapist who specializes in Aquatic Therapy). Isabella was diagnosed with Autism when she was two years old. Since then, her mother has been bringing her to the Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, Florida, for treatment – treatment that includes Aquatic Therapy.
Aquatic Therapy utilizes the properties of water coupled with traditional therapy techniques to provide comprehensive intervention. Aquatic Therapy is used as a medium to treat children on a one on one basis and is designed specifically for the child’s individual needs. Enjoy the video…
Isabella’s Story is the latest in a series of videos I’ve been producing for Miami Children’s Health Foundation who raise funds and awareness for for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital). To help children like Gracie, please visit www.mchf.org/donate.
You can find some good information on the signs, causes and treatments for Autism here > thebabbleout.com/autism
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