Subscribe today to know what is going on around the
Winning Woman Network.
We are in the process of expanding our reach because of YOU!
Help us reach more women, spread the word!
There are so many women out there who need to hear
these words;

You are the Winning Woman...with Style!

Who is a Winning Woman?

A Winning Woman has a good sense about herself, what is important, what she wants out of life, how she will get it, and most of all, a sense of peace within that lets her know that regardless how many obstacles she may face, she is not alone and can share this journey with others. God created woman to be beautiful inside and out. Using the gifts, talents, and grace with a winning attitude, she is a Winner! Simply stated; information + knowledge = power. We are here to encourage, esteem, and help you to believe you can achieve your goals. Are you ready to become a Winning Woman?


Autism Awareness Month

Autism awareness ribbon. The puzzle pattern re...Image via Wikipedia

Autism - just the word scares you, especially when you don't know anything about it, or maybe just enough to make you wonder about your family, your children.

Fortunately, the awareness factor for this disease is increasing with April being Autism Awareness Month!

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colors.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

What is Autism?

It is described as a lifelong developmental disability. If, knowing the symptoms, you were to observe people around you, you may find some answers as to why people in your life behave the way they do. There are three main characteristics that can be clearly identified according to medical studies on Autism;

• Difficulty with social communication

People with autism have difficulties with both verbal and non-verbal language. Many have a very literal understanding of language, and think people always mean exactly what they say.

• Difficulty with social interaction

People with autism often have difficulty recognizing or understanding other people's emotions and feelings, and expressing their own, which can make it more difficult for them to fit in socially. We tend to cast them as introverts, or acting strange, and we cannot understand why they have hardly any emotional response to a positive or negative situation we share with them

• Difficulty with social imagination

Social imagination allows us to understand and predict other people's behavior, make sense of abstract ideas, and to imagine situations outside our immediate daily routine. Difficulties with social imagination mean that people with autism find it hard to understand and interpret other people's thoughts, feelings and actions, and predict what will happen next. Not being able to anticipate or sequentially figure out the next thought or step, they get frustrated and say nothing, waiting for us to continue leading the thoughts and communication.

Interventions and therapies

There is currently no 'cure' for autism, but there are a range of interventions which may help some people with this complex condition.

Autism affects everyone differently, so what works for one person may not work for another.

The nature of interventions for autism vary greatly - they range from communication based approaches that build on the strengths of the person with autism, to more traditional behavioral techniques designed to teach basic learning skills.

Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, when in 1992 it was 1 in every 10,000 children, now it is 1 in every 150 children. This has reached epidemic proportions, when you think also about the fact that every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with Autism. Based on current research, children as yound as one year or younger can show indicators of autism.

As a parent or caregiver, it is good to know that there are support groups available and information you have access to via the web. Additionally, make sure to surround yourself with family and friends and teach them what you know to help make life as normal as possible for you and your family.

You can be a Winning Woman by the attitude you take and fill yourself with with God's Word of comfort and support. People will come along side and be there to help.

It is important to learn the signs and watch for them. Know what regular developmental milestones are and if your child is having difficulty reaching them, be sure to contact your doctor about screening your child for this spectrum disorder.
More information can be found at

Jenny McCarthy has a book about her son who has Autism.

I have included a link to a website that can also be of assistance;

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]