Incidences on the rise
In 2014 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention cites one in every 68 children, up from one in every 2500 children in the mid-1960s. Some researchers believe this increase may be attributed to environmental factors; others believe it could simply be the result of a greater awareness of the disorder; while still others attribute it to advancements in the criteria for diagnosis. - CDC
Recognizing the Early Signs
Although science has yet to discover a specific cure for autism, it is comforting to know that its affects and symptoms are treatable. There is little doubt, however, that a long journey awaits the parents of a child with autism. Early diagnosis and intervention are extremely important and can lead to significantly improved outcomes.
With the right treatment and the love and support of family and practitioners, children with autism can grow to live full, healthy and productive lives.
Just as a child's development is expected to reach certain stages in their height and weight from birth to 5 years, the same child should also attain certain milestones in the way in their ability to learn, play or speak. Delays in reaching these milestones, can be a sign of a developmental disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The CDC and its partners have created a campaign called the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" to better educate and inform parents about their child's development in areas such as identifying early warning signs, and information on screening, treatment and intervention. Further information can be found here.
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