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Autism Awareness Month

North Castle Rising - 4/7/2018

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester will celebrate the month of April being National Autism Awareness Month. Autism currently affects one in 68 children, making it the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States ? and boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disability, and signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum condition" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

CPW serves many children and adults with autism and offers special programming for them and their families. Its Saturday Explorers program provides many opportunities, such as increased socialization through structured play, help increasing learning through one-on-one interaction with a staff person, and increasing attention spans by changing activities often to keep the attendees interested and learning. The program also incorporates CPW's Lekotek program, which provides a way to learn during play sessions that are facilitated in an environment that promotes interactive play among family members.

CPW's sixth annual Autism Awareness Walk will be Friday, April 27 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the United Preschool in White Plains. A Pieces of Hope Tree will also be displayed from puzzle pieces that are available for purchase. Custom designed by students, this tree will raise awareness for all children and young adults who benefit from CPW's autism services.

For more than 69 years, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been the leading non-profit organization in Westchester County providing essential services to children and adults with all developmental disabilities including autism, neurological impairments, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. For more information, visit


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