April is Autism Awareness Month. It was launched by the Autism Society of America to help promote inclusion, understanding, and awareness for those diagnosed and living with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASD is almost five times more common among boys. It can be found among all ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. And while there’s no definitive medical test to diagnose autism, and there is no cure, early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment can improve a child’s development.
Social, emotional, and communication skills are the most common issues associated with ASD, and while learning may be different, there is help for them and resources out there for parents, and that’s where my first guests today come in. Immaculate Conception Catholic School of Special Education offers small class sizes, low student/teacher ratios, and they accept children from ages three to 21 with autism and other special needs.
So we’re pleased today to welcome these guests. ICCS of Special Education principal Allison Palfy, Mary Katherine Gorlich who has two children at the school, and Nicole Albert who is a teacher at the school.