A look at Autism 

Heather Wheaton from Penquis talks about Autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Information – Developmental Delay usually diagnosed by 3 years of age that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges. It is called the puzzling diagnosis as it affects everyone differently. Some children just struggle with social interactions, making friends, and/or reading social cues. Some may be non-verbal and struggle with communicating their wants and needs.

The rate of Autism was recently increased by the CDC to 1 out of every 68 children, it is 5 times more likely to be diagnosed among boys than girls

How we are recognizing Autism Awareness Month – Penquis has a table display in the main lobby and will do so throughout the month, Wednesday April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day with monuments, landmarks, and other recognizable locations being lit up blue. Many families, schools, and area providers, including Penquis had a blue light displayed throughout the day on April 2nd.

April is always used to celebrate and pamper the parents who attend, there will be great food, games, dessert, and some relaxation treats. On April 27th, the Autism Society of Maine will be holding their 12th annual Walk for Autism at locations around the state. It will be held in the Bangor area on the UCB campus, kicking off at noon.

If you would like more information about Autism or the services Penquis provides, such as their case management for children with Autism, contact Heather Wheaton at 973-3593 or by email at [email protected]