April 2 is World Autism Day

Let’s learn more about autism today to help create awareness

What is Autism

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

Did you know?

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.

  • Autism usually appear by age 2 or 3, some associated development delays can appear earlier and it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. *It impacts the normal development of the brain.

  • It is more common in boys than girls. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak, while 25%-30% have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.

  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last 20 years.

  • There are treatment options for individuals with autism.

If you think you know your child might have ASD or you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks or acts, contact your child’s doctor and share your concerns.

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