Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Support Autism Research and Look Stylish!!

Today I am featuring a special item that one of my good friends, Heather a stylist with Stella and Dot, shared with me.  They are the Stella and Dot Shine and Sole Bracelets.

"Children on the autism spectrum experience color more intensely than we do, so we designed our Shine Bracelet to reflect the vibrant rainbow of colors that make up an autistic child's world. Help us shine the light on Autism by supporting Autism research and awareness, ­20% of proceeds from the sale of the Shine and Sole bracelets in April will be donated to Autism Speaks."

They are a limited edition item, and will only be available during the month of April.  Once they sell out that is it.  Make sure that you get one now before they are all gone!!!  They also make a great gift, since they come in a cute gift box with a card that lets the recipient know a donation was made by purchasing it.

Heather set up a special promotion for Little Orso readers...Starting today you can purchase these bracelets, and anything else that you see on the website, and get shipping for only $5.95 (delivery time is usually within 5 days) Make sure that you click on the Little Orso Trunk Show link to receive this special shipping rate.

Heather has also made herself available for styling tips, and help purchasing items.  You can contact her directly at

***Also please take a moment to educate yourself about Autism.

Autistic Disorder

What is autistic disorder?

Autistic disorder (also called autism; more recently described as "mindblindedness") is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. A child with autism appears to live in his/her own world, showing little interest in others, and a lack of social awareness. The focus of an autistic child is a consistent routine and includes an interest in repeating odd and peculiar behaviors. Autistic children often have problems in communication, avoid eye contact, and show limited attachment to others.
Autism can prevent a child from forming relationships with others (in part, due to an inability to interpret facial expressions or emotions). A child with autism may resist cuddling, play alone, be resistant to change, and/or have delayed speech development. Persons with autism tend to exhibit repeated body movements (such as flapping hands or rocking) and have unusual attachments to objects. However, many persons with autism excel consistently on certain mental tasks (i.e., counting, measuring, art, music, memory).

What causes autism?

The cause of autism is not known. Research suggests that autism is a genetic condition. It is believed that several genes are involved in the development of autism. Research studies in autism have found a variety of abnormalities in the brain structure and chemicals in the brain, however, there have been no consistent findings. One theory is the possibility that autistic disorder is a behavioral syndrome that includes several distinct conditions. However, parenting behaviors are not the cause or a contributing factor to the cause or causes of autism.

Who is affected by autism?

Approximately 3 to 6 out of every 1,000 children born are diagnosed with autism. Autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, with four times as many boys affected than girls. (


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