The whole world is going blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.
With the arrival of April and Autism Awareness Month, South Brunswick is encouraged to join together with people around the world to show support for those affected by the developmental brain disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for complex disorders that affect the development of the brain. The disorders typically manifest between the ages of 2-years-old and 3-years-old, according to Autism Speaks.org. The disorders can be characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulty with social interaction, difficulty with both verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Those with autism may suffer from intellectual disability and difficulty with motor coordination, in addition to attention and…
The daily struggles and triumphs of a South Brunswick child with autism spectrum disorder.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Davy James
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Joseph Ahern is just like any other typical 9-year-old kid in South Brunswick. He likes to play with toy cars, ride his bike, and he loves the New York Giants. But Joseph faces a daily struggle with tasks and the development of skills that so many take for granted. Joseph has autism spectrum disorder, which affects one in every 110 children in the U.S. "Things that come so normally and naturally to mainstream children are so difficult for him to learn," said Joseph's mother Rachel Ahern. "Just learning how to play with other kids and how to communicate properly with people are difficult. He's so loving that sometimes he'll go up to a stranger and give them a hug. Other times he won't speak to anyone but his parents." Autism spectrum …