Did you know that 1 in 54 children in America are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) annual? (according to CDC data from 2016)
Did you know that boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls?
ASD affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and there is no medical detection for ASD. Read on to learn more about ASD and its impact on our children and families.
Intervention and Support
Early intervention has been found to have a profound impact on learning, communication, social skills and underlying brain development.
Most children are diagnosed after age 4.
ASD can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
1 in 5 children who display developmental regression or loss of communication or social skills before age 3 go on be be diagnosed with ASD.
Children with ASD develop at particularly different rates than typical children. For instance, there is a classical delay in social and communication development. Also it can seen that children with ASD may learn more difficult skills before learning easier ones. For example, being able to read long words yet not being able to tell you the sound that the letter B makes.
Understanding these deviations and accommodating them goes a long way in supporting children with ASD.
Many traits common with ASD are those that have propelled some of the greatest thinkers in history. These traits include:
intense interest and focus on specific topics
lack of empathy
penchant for strict routines and structure
Identification, support and treatment are critical to setting up children with ASD for success and greatness!
Famous people believed to be on the spectrum
Tim Burton - Movie Director
Bill Gates - Microsoft Founder and Philanthropist
Emily Dickinson - Poet
Charles Darwin - Naturalist
Bobby Fisher - Chess Grandmaster
Thomas Jefferson - Founding Father
Darryl Hannah - Actress & Activist
Albert Einstein - Physicist & Mathematician
Dan Aykroyd - Actor
Jerry Seinfeld - Comedian