National Autism Month

As we close out Autism Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its biennial update on the estimated prevalence of autism among children in the United States.

Based on the CDCs analysis of the medical records of 8 year olds in 2014, they estimate that the prevalence rate of autism has increased from 1:68 to 1:59 children.  This is a 15% increase over the 2012 data.  Because comprehensive information was not available at all of the test sites, there is concern that the true prevalence rate may be higher.  These finding speak to the importance of Autism awareness efforts, early detection and intervention, and access to resources.

How much do you know about autism?  Did you know…..

  • Autism now affects 1 in 59 children
  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
  • Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
  • Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation.
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
  • A 2008 Danish Study found that the mortality risk among those with autism was nearly twice that of the general population
  • Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key
  • Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition

If you would like to read more about the CDC report click the link below.

CDC Report April 2018 on Autism

You can do something to make a difference.

Thank you to everyone who helped set a record by supporting Walk the Walk for Autism which supports children and families challenged by autism here in our local communities. Click here to donate if you want to be part of making a difference.

By supporting Charlie’s Gift Center you’re helping provide counseling services, social skills development, arts enrichment, advocacy and family support to nearly 100 families every year.  Charlie’s Gift is a community-wide resource that strives to help children with autism and related disorders reach their full potential. Click here to learn more about Charlie’s Gift Center programs

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