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Hi ENOpians and Autism Awareness Campaigners! Today (April 2) marks World Autism Awareness Day and the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a general term used to describe a collection of complex developmental brain disorders that are characterized by social and behavioral challenges and repetitive behaviors. Tens of millions of people are affected by Autism, including an estimated 1 in 88 children in the US alone. This number is, according to the United Nations, more than the number of children that will be diagnosed with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, the Light It Up Blue initiative by Autism Speaks claim the rate of diagnosis has increased 1000 percent in the past 40 years, and only part of the increase can be explained by improved diagnosis methods. Autism affects each person differently and to varying degrees of severity, but symptoms can lessen as a child matures and receives treatment, according to WebMD. Most people with autism benefit form occupational therapy treatments that focus on sensory integration (think seeing, touching and hearing) and vestibular therapy (motions that help the brain compensate for lost balance and coordination.) Funnily enough, hammocks can...

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