Kelly turns herself blue for autism

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A MOTHER turned herself blue to raise awareness of autism.

Kelly Etherington dressed in blue from head to toe, painted her face and fingernails and dyed her hair to mark World Autism Day, which was Wednesday (April 2).

Her son Leighland, five, was diagnosed with autism last September.

Ms Etherington, from Bowburn, said: “Awareness day is so important to educate people about autism, which is a misunderstood and lifelong condition.

“I’ve always liked to be different and stand out from the crowd so what better way to make people aware of autism than make myself blue for a day?”

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6:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

AC1111 says...

Well done Kelly, Autism is an important condition that can be very complicated to understand and families need support coming to terms with the diagnosis and then beginning to understand the long term ramifications. It would have been nice if the article had actually linked to some good sources of information to help promote awareness and knowledge of the condition, such as the national autistic society http://www.autism.or
g.uk/, the recent BBC horizon episode on autism http://www.bbc.co.uk
/iplayer/episode/b04
04861/Horizon_201320
14_Living_with_Autis
m/ or the fantastic work done by the north east autism society http://www.ne-as.org
.uk/

The following information is from the North East Autism Society website:
Autism is defined as a ‘Spectrum Condition’ precisely because it manifests itself in so many different ways. Everyone is unique and autism affects everyone uniquely.

There are more than half a million people in the UK living with autism an invisible, lonely and misunderstood condition, 26,000 live in the North East. People with autism have a different way of processing information and seeing the world.

Typically people with autism will need opportunities and support to:
-interpret and use social communication
-interpret and use environmental cues
-to make meaningful and responsible decisions
-to problem solve and find solutions
-to think and plan ahead
-to develop organisational skills
-to recognise sensory preferences and tolerances
(accessed online 4/4/14 http://www.ne-as.org
.uk/about-autism)
Well done Kelly, Autism is an important condition that can be very complicated to understand and families need support coming to terms with the diagnosis and then beginning to understand the long term ramifications. It would have been nice if the article had actually linked to some good sources of information to help promote awareness and knowledge of the condition, such as the national autistic society http://www.autism.or g.uk/, the recent BBC horizon episode on autism http://www.bbc.co.uk /iplayer/episode/b04 04861/Horizon_201320 14_Living_with_Autis m/ or the fantastic work done by the north east autism society http://www.ne-as.org .uk/ The following information is from the North East Autism Society website: Autism is defined as a ‘Spectrum Condition’ precisely because it manifests itself in so many different ways. Everyone is unique and autism affects everyone uniquely. There are more than half a million people in the UK living with autism an invisible, lonely and misunderstood condition, 26,000 live in the North East. People with autism have a different way of processing information and seeing the world. Typically people with autism will need opportunities and support to: -interpret and use social communication -interpret and use environmental cues -to make meaningful and responsible decisions -to problem solve and find solutions -to think and plan ahead -to develop organisational skills -to recognise sensory preferences and tolerances (accessed online 4/4/14 http://www.ne-as.org .uk/about-autism) AC1111
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6:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

AC1111 says...

Apologies, the links above seem to have become fragmented:
National Autistic Society http://www.autism.or
g.uk/,
Recent BBC horizon episode on autism http://www.bbc.co.uk
/iplayer/episode/b04
04861/Horizon_201320
14_Living_with_Autis
m/
North East Autism Society http://www.ne-as.org
.uk/
Apologies, the links above seem to have become fragmented: National Autistic Society http://www.autism.or g.uk/, Recent BBC horizon episode on autism http://www.bbc.co.uk /iplayer/episode/b04 04861/Horizon_201320 14_Living_with_Autis m/ North East Autism Society http://www.ne-as.org .uk/ AC1111
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