Our residents and team members lit it up blue yesterday in recognition of World Autism Day and in support of our Watermark Kid, Elizabeth! Though not pictured, many residents and team members wore their variations of blue all day and we could not be prouder of the community support exhibited. Elizabeth Backman, who was recently on ABC Action News and Fox 13 News’ “What’s Right with Tampa Bay” along with Melissa Krysh, Community Life Director, recently participated in the Special Olympics in Ocala and won Gold in the Special Olympics Florida Equestrian Sports Championships! She was 1st in equitation and 2nd in trails! Our Community is so proud of Elizabeth, and we want her to know how much she is supported. You Rock Elizabeth!
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
If you would like to learn more about Autism & World Autism Day, visit Autism Speaks.
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