Saturday, May 14, 2016

Youth LEAD OKC at Piece Walk 2016

YOUTH LEAD OKC and Casady Players for Change @ Piece Walk Autism Oklahoma

Youth Lead OKC was part of the resource fair.  The PieceWalk is THE LARGEST SINGLE AUTISM EVENT in the state of Oklahoma–attended by more than 7,000 people.    The Resource Fair aims to promote community interaction and information about autism resources available in our state!  Youth LEAD OKC provided a children's activity field with face painting, hair spraying-RED, and photo booth area.

The PieceWalk raised over $168,000

Who volunteered? Youth LEAD OKC,:  Schools: Casady, Mercy Institute, Northwest Classen.  Sponsors: Casady Service-Learning Program, YMCA Student Initiatives

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First Shift: Face Painting, Hair Spray-RED, photo booth

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Who played?  Casady Cyclones Players for Change:  Eastern Music

Volunteering through the arts

Who run the 5k sponsored by Casady Service Learning and Youth LEAD OKC?

3rd and 5th place!

Who Cheered?

 Who walked?

Jack R. inspired us to participate.  Evelyn D. organized and motivated us.  Shannon, Buthiana and Carmen supported us and the Autism Foundation gave us the opportunity to learn and advocate about Autism in Oklahoma.  Thank you Crystal
 What is Autism  

Autism is one of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). These are characterized by problems with communication and social interaction. Patients often demonstrate restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped behavior patterns or interests.

Signs and Symptoms

According to the Autism Society, autism symptoms typically become clearly evident during early childhood, between 24 months and 6 years of age. Symptoms include a marked delay in language and cognitive development. There may be signs of obsessive and/or antisocial behavior.
Asperger syndrome, another PDD, may be referred to as “high functioning autism.” Asperger syndrome usually lacks the primary communication and cognitive problems that characterize classic autism.
Autism symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some people may be considered autistic but manage to function in society without many setbacks. For others, the condition can have a substantial impact on their lives.

Causes of Autism

The exact cause of autism and other autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is unknown. The most current science demonstrates that there is no single cause of autism. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role.

Prevalence of Autism

Autism spectrum disorders are found in individuals around the world, regardless of race, cultural, or economic background. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism does occur more often in boys than in girls, with a five-to-one male-to-female ratio.
The CDC estimates that one in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. There are indications that instances of ASDs are on the rise. Some fault environmental factors. However, experts debate whether there is an actual increase in cases or just more frequent diagnoses.

Types of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Classic autism usually entails substantial problems in all of the areas affected by ASDs. Someone with Asperger syndrome has issues with behavioral and social interaction. The symptoms experienced by people with Asperger syndrome are usually less severe than those experienced by patients with classic autism.
There is still some debate as to whether Asperger syndrome is a variation of classic autism. Some argue that it should be classified as a separate disorder.
Pervasive Development Disorder–Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is a classification for someone who exhibits signs of autism but does not fit into the categories of classic autism or Asperger. 

Treatments and Outlook

There is no cure for ASDs. The most effective treatments involve early and intensive behavioral interventions. It is generally agreed that the earlier a child is enrolled in these programs, the better their outlook will be.