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What is Autism?

  Signs of Autism

Autism Research

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex development disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affects a person's ability to communicate, and interact with others.

ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum condition" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. 

There is no known single cause of Autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to approbate services/support leads to significantly improved outcomes. Some behaviors associated with Autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow,intense interest; poor motor skills and sensory sensitivies.  

Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of ASD is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity. 

In June 2014, researchers calculated the lifetime cost of caring for an individual with Autism is as great as $2.4 million.

The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing $90 billion annually in cost for Autism. This figure includes research, insurance cost and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for Autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.

 

 In 2018, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued the ADDM Autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of Autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States- twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 girls and almost 1 in 54 boys. the spotlight shining on Autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for the individual with Autism.

Early identification can change lives. Autism is treatable. Individuals with autism do not outgrow autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to improved outcomes.

For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC's "Learn the signs" act early site. Here are some signs to look for:

* Lack of or delay in spoken language

* Receptive use of language and/or motor mannerism (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)

* Little or no eye contact

* Lack of interest in peer relationships

* Lack of spontaneous or make believe play

* Persistant fixation on parts of objects

How You Can Help?

In an effort to prepare Aden for life and its many skills needed for survival, We humbly ask you for your financial assistance in getting her the proper care and training needed for life success.

Every donation is greatly appreciated no matter the size. We pledge to donate 4% of each donation to Autism Society of Minnesota. (AUSM)

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