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April Marks Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Awareness Month was recently rebranded as Autism Acceptance Month to honor and empower the contributions of people with autism and their families. The change in terminology is meant to be more inclusive and destigmatize the condition that occurs in 1 in 44 children in the U.S.

Carrie E. Morgan, PhD, with Hattiesburg Clinic Psychology & Counseling and Connections, spoke with WDAM about how acceptance and early intervention is key to developing a strong support system for people with autism and their families.

“You know autism is a diagnosis that is scary to a lot of people,” Morgan said. “They tend to avoid it, but, at the end of the day, the rule is the earlier the better.”

“So, if you have concerns about delayed development, it’s always better to get an evaluation, get plugged into treatment because we expect the prognosis to be much better if they have access to appropriate therapy, whether that’s behavioral therapy, speech therapy, or physical or occupational,” Morgan added.

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Tate Rutland


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