Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. One should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees - this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs.
Last year, the CDC released the latest statistics on the prevalence of autism, reporting that the number of 8-year olds diagnosed is now 1 in 54, up from 1 in 59 just 2 years ago. While the consistent increase in prevalence is not fully understood, the additional service needs of individuals on the spectrum is clear.
Autism knows no racial, ethnic, social boundaries, family income, lifestyle, or educational levels and can affect any family, and any child.
AUTISM IS TREATABLE. Early diagnosis and intervention are vital to the future development of the child!