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.

Autism Awareness

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. 

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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.

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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

difficulty socializing

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