CHH Center for Youth & Families Highlights Autism Awareness Month

Light it Up Blue Staff 1Staff members of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Center For Youth & Families recently dressed in blue on the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day to kick off Autism Awareness Month in April to help raise awareness about autism.

The campaign, called “Light it up In Blue”, is celebrated by the international autism community, in commemoration of those with autism by wearing blue. Many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores around the world are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part.

The Connections Program, at the Center for Youth and Families, serves children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in our community through its current outpatient program which includes diagnostic assessment, treatment, and advocacy services. They provide individual, group and family therapy.  The program now features a new parent component also includes an 8-week  parent educational/skills/therapy group along with an on-going parent support group twice a month. 

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. Today, it is estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, a 1000 percent increase in the past 40 years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. with Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism. An estimated 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Early detection and treatment are essential to good prognosis.  Recommended treatments include behavioral, sensory, cognitive, speech, and social interventions. Individuals with Autism are known to be exceptional or gifted in many ways.

“The only truly scary thing is the unknown. Autism doesn’t have to be scary, become aware, become informed!”  Stuart Duncan who writes about Autism from a father’s point of view.

Contact the center for more information on their program at 860-489-3391. For more information about autism, visit www.autismspeaks.org

 The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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