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Society for Treatment of Autism 100 Women Who Care Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side
via 100 Women Who Care Calgary

Society for Treatment of Autism (STA) is an Alberta-based registered charitable organization providing individualized treatment that is both developmentally appropriate and empirically based.  

Service are specialized to meet the needs of person with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  Programming is designed, implement and supported by a multidisciplinary team.  

They offer a diverse range of treatment programs across a variety of environments that are designed to enhance participation in all aspects of life.  Their gal is to support hose who they serve to achieve their maximum potential.  

But you may be asking yourself, "What is autism?"

What is Autism?

Autism is a life-long disability that typically appears within the first three years of life. It is best described as a neurological dysfunction.

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that impacts the developing child’s communication
skills, behavior and social interaction skills. 

Although autism was once considered a relatively rare disorder, it has become a pressing health care issue. Recent statistics suggest that approximately 1 in 165 children are afflicted with an autism spectrum disorder. 



Common Misconceptions

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Misconception

All autistic individuals possess special skills and genius abilities (e.g., able to memorize license plates, complete complicated mental math, exceptional musical / art skills)

Truth

Although the autistic individual depicted in the movie "Rainman" possessed special abilities, the vast majority of autistic people do not. Autistic individuals who possess "genius" abilities are often called "savants" or "autistic savants". Approximately 50 percent of all savants have autism, while only about five-to-ten percent of autistic individuals possess extraordinary savant skills. However, most autistic individuals display uneven or scattered skill development (e.g., do better on nonverbal tasks, motor tasks and concrete tasks). Additionally, most autistic individuals display significant cognitive / intellectual impairments. 

Misconception

All autistic individuals are withdrawn, avoid eye contact, engage in self injurious behaviour, rock, spin objects and avoid affection.

Truth

Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as "all" or "none" when describing this group. Some autistic individuals engage in eye contact while others enjoy tickles and hugs. However, not all engage in rocking, spinning or self abusive behaviour. 

Individuals with autism share common behavioural characteristics, and it is on this basis that a diagnosis is made.


Support

Donating is an excellent way to support us and the services we offer for individuals and families living with autism.
Your support means we can:
  • Develop new treatment programs.
  • Expand our services to accommodate more individuals.
  • Conduct research into treatment methods.
  • Provide information to help families and communities cope with the effects of autism.
  • Fund equipment to provide therapy.
  • Donations are critical to maintaining the high quality of services we offer to children and families.

If you would like to assist, please make your contribution payable to:
Society for Treatment of Autism
404 - 94th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB
T2J 0E8

Visit http://www.autism.ca/ for more information.






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