Since the 1970s the United States has recognized April as National Autism Month. So this April we want to help share some facts about Autism. Let’s start with the facts. There is no known single cause for Autism spectrum disorders. It is generally accepted that there are abnormalities in the shape, structure, and function in an autistic brain from a typical brain. Autism spectrum disorders are the fastest grown developmental disability affecting 1 out of every 110 births in the United states. It affects about 1 out of every 70 male babies born in the United States. Autism spectrum disorder is usually diagnosed between the age of 18 months and three years old. According to the Autism Society there are some early signs that parents can observe and discuss with their pediatricians.
“Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives
Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
Lack of or delay in spoken language
Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
Little or no eye contact
Lack of interest in peer relationships
Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
Persistent fixation on parts of objects”