Facts About Autism

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips
13 Jun 2015

For parents who have just found about their child’s autism here are some helpful facts.

1- One child in 68 in the U.S. has been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to the CDC versus 1 in 88 in 2012. Which implies that autism is on the rise.

2- Boys are more likely to have autism than girls. Autism is roughly 5 times more common in boys than girls.

3- The Signs of An ASD can present themselves in Infancy (no babbling by age 1, no single word at 16 months, poor eye contact). Find more about autism signs in Everyday Life with Autism.

4- The cause of autism has not been identified yet, but genetic factors, environmental factors, or a combination of both are the most suspected causes.

5- No cure has been found so far, but there are ways to treat it, like therapies, medications to alleviate severity, and a well-structured academic plan. Early intervention is key to success.

6- No link was found between autism and vaccines.

7- The siblings of a child with autism have 2-18 % chance of being affected, versus 36-95% in identical twins.

8- Twenty to thirty percent  of children with ASD develop epilepsy. Especially those who lose their language before turning 3.

9- About 10% of children with ASD have a genetic, metabolic, or neurologic disorder.

10- Infants and young children should be screened for developmental delays periodically.

Source: Huffington Post

Find tens of practical tips in Everyday Life with Autism.

  • Children with autism are trainable and teachable.
  • Take your cues from your child.
  • Build on your child’s strengths, not her deficits.

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