Autism is not a Disability, but the Ability to accomplish great things!
Autism Spectrum Disorder
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability, causing considerable and complex social, verbal and nonverbal communication and behavioral problems, including repetitive behaviors. Those who are high functioning may have mild challengers, while others may have problems that are severe enough to impact daily living.
There is no medical test to determine whether a child has autism. Medical professionals conclude the diagnosis by looking at behavior and development. Diagnosis can be detected in children as young as 18 months; however, final diagnosis may be determined when a child is much older, thereby delaying treatment and options. There is currently no medical cure for ASD, but early intervention has helped to improve a child’s development.
ASD is more common in boys, and occurs in all ethnic groups. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with ASD, a ten-fold increase over the past 40 years. In the United States, the ratio of ASD is 1:42 for boys and 1:189 for girls.
If you notice any developmental abnormalities in your child, contact your child’s pediatrician and voice your concerns. Then have your child evaluated by a few specialists, including developmental pediatricians, child neurologist and a child psychologist.