Super Sofie And Her Sidekicks
Calling all heroes and sidekicks!! Super Sofie and the squad are ready for another Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism! Sign up now for the 5k run or walk or simply make a donation to support a great cause. As many as 1 in 59 children like our daughter Sofie may be diagnosed with Autism in NC. Sofie was diagnosed at age 2 as being on the Autism Spectrum Disorder with a designation of PDD-NOS, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. This means that she has developmental impairments with social and verbal skills. Although Sofie has this diagnosis,it most certainly does not define who she is. Sofie is a free-spirited, energetic girl who LOVES animals and nature, specifically anything aquatic. Her favorite things to do are going to the aquarium or playing with our dog Ella at home. She loves singing songs and acting out movies with her big sister Camila, and drawing with sidewalk chalk outside.
Many people may not know much about Autism or have false stigmas about the individuals it affects. Here are some facts about Autism in general:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
- An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.
- Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
- Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
- Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.
You can make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families by registering for the Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Let's work together to be heroes in the lives of these Super individuals!
The Autism Society of North Carolina is the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the autism spectrum throughout their lifespans.
We understand the challenges of the autism community because we work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families every day. We offer advocacy, training and education, and direct care that helps individuals with autism to, increase their social and communication skills, develop independent-living skills, succeed in school or on the job, participate in community activities, and advocate for themselves.
We have a statewide network of resources, connecting individuals with autism and their families to life-changing programs and supports unavailable anywhere else.