National Autism Awareness month is a great time to pick up tips on how to spread autism awareness, to build autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the thousands of people facing this condition on a daily basis. It’s also important to recognize the family members and caregivers that are impacted as well. So go ahead, run that 5k, post on social media, connect like local affiliates of the Autism Society, and donate! Doing so will help raise awareness and promote more research.
Why National Autism Awareness Month Matters
An estimated 1.5 million people in the US have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and it affects about 1 out of every 68 children. Alarmingly, this rate is rising due to a combination of more children being diagnosed and other suspected factors. The exact reason for the increase in ASD prevalence is still being researched.
Autism is a cognitive condition that includes impairments with social interaction, language development, and communication skills, with rigid, repetitive behaviors. Depending on where a person lands on the spectrum they may experience mild to moderate autism symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Autism Include
- Avoiding eye contact
- Avoiding physical interaction
- Difficult to comfort
- Difficulty respecting boundaries
- Doesn’t respond to own name
- Delayed speech and language skills
- Repetitive speech
- Inability to understand jokes
- Refusal to play “pretend”
- Speaks in a monotone manner
- Gives unrelated answers to questions
- Becomes upset by minor changes
- Is very organized
- Follows specific routines
- Mood instability
- Unusual sensory reactions
Caring For an Autistic Child
As a child struggles with these symptoms they may have delayed development that contributes to incontinence. For example, an autistic child may have an accident because:
- They feel like they can only use the bathroom at home
- They become distracted and miss the urge to go
- Daily schedule changes throw off their bathroom schedule
- They fail to communicate their need to go
- They fear telling their caregiver that they need to go
- Sensory issues such as loud flushing toilets make them afraid of public bathrooms
In time, children can learn to overcome their incontinence symptoms, but in other cases, it can only be managed. By working with your child and their teachers to establish routines, rewards, and punishment systems, you can help them overcome their bathroom issues.
It can be helpful to:
- Remind them to use the bathroom every few hours
- Set a normal bathroom routine for them
- Become aware of sensory issues
- Allow them to sit close to the door and go to the bathroom when needed
- Develop a codeword for bathroom breaks or accidents
- Be supportive and helpful when an accident occurs
One of the biggest keys to success includes being prepared with incontinence supplies to keep your child dry and comfortable. Having the right diapers are crucial for preventing leaks and embarrassing odors.
Other great items to have on hand include a change of clothes, underpads (chux), hand sanitizer, changing gloves, sanitary wipes, and a disposal bag for soiled clothing. Always make sure to have a few extra diapers too!
Also, don’t worry about the monthly cost of incontinence products. You may qualify to receive them through insurance. Start by filling out our quick qualification form, then we will contact you to match your child with the perfect items, and finally, relax. A shipment will arrive to your home on a monthly basis. We will also check in with you via phone or email to see if any changes need to be made to your supplies.
Spread Autism Awareness
One month simply isn’t enough time to bring awareness and acceptance to ASD. Do your part to regularly help those affected by this disorder. Tips on how to properly manage the condition, raising funds for more research, and more will help doctors catch it earlier, learn why it’s spreading, and develop better treatment options.
*Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.