Autism awareness month is over, but staying on top of autism and its issues is a year-round concern.
We sat down with a couple of experts from the Joshua School, which works with children who have autism and developmental disabilities across age groups, from preschool to those ages 18 to 21. And of varying severity across the spectrum.
“We’re really trying to integrate all these children into the real world,” Siva priya Santhanam, a speech-language pathologist, said.
And having kids on the autism spectrum interact with each other helps better their social skills, said Megan Coatley, the director of behavioral programming. Interaction with kids not on the spectrum is similarly beneficial.
“They learning a lot of empathy and they’re learning a lot of sympathy,” she said.
There’s been a huge push in identifying biomarkers for autism, said Santhanam. Research is also looking at siblings of those with autism, to see if they show any signs.
“We do not have conclusive results yet,” she said. “But there are some promises of identifying biomarkers in the near future.”