World Autism Month: Building Positive Attitudes
By Ilexa Axelrod
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that develops during early childhood and can sometimes go unrecognized through adulthood. Autism is marked by challenges related to social skills and repetitive behaviors. Since the presentation of Autism varies from person to person, it is important to look at each individual’s strengths and challenges to best provide support and interventions.
World Autism Month can be celebrated by sharing stories, defying stigma and increasing knowledge to create a world where all people with autism are honored, admired and appreciated. Not sure how to get involved? The Autism Speaks organization offers a variety of ways to stand in solidarity including the following: wear blue, fundraise, get involved, donate to Autism Speaks and engage in the Kindness Campaign.
Health Partnership Clinic is committed to serving all individuals, including those who are neurodivergent or have ASD. If you are seeking assistance for yourself or a loved one regarding locating support or services for autism, you can make an appointment with a physician by calling 913-648-2266. Alternatively, you may ask to schedule with our Behavioral Health team.
- Beyond the Individual (Overland Park, KS)
- Children’s Mercy Autism Clinic (Kansas City, MO)
- KidsTLC (Olathe, KS)