April kicks off the start of Autism Awareness Month. The aim of this month is educate the public about Autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people.
Autism advocate and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, Jacqueline Laurita has a deep commitment to the cause. Her youngest son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with Autism from a young age, which lead to her becoming a vocal crusader for the movement.
People with Autism are classed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the terms autism and ASD are often used interchangeably. A wide spectrum disorder, people will autism have set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same.
Over the weekend, the RHONJ star took part in a ‘Fight 4 Autism’ event. The North Jersey non-profit organization threw a Blue Hair Fundraiser, where supporters could come get a blue hair extension or some blue hair spray to support Autism Awareness Month. And those in attendance were thrilled for her appearance!
After the event, Jacqueline posted words of encouragement and advice for those who potentially will have to go through their own journey with Autism.
“Early detection and intervention are key to recovery,” she explains. “So be observant and don’t waste valuable time! Have a family meeting to determine what everyone’s role and responsibilities will be in the recovery of your child,” she says. “That helps to avoid arguments and blame shifting.”
She encourages parents to stay positive. “Don’t get discouraged!” she encourages. “Persevere!”