What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically manifests in early childhood, impacting communication and social interaction skills.
ASD is characterized by a range of behaviors and is considered a "spectrum condition" because it affects individuals in different ways and with varying degrees of severity.
The exact cause of Autism is unknown, but early diagnosis, increased awareness, and access to appropriate interventions and support services greatly improve outcomes.
Some common behaviors associated with Autism include delayed language development, challenges with executive functioning (such as reasoning and planning), intense and narrow interests, motor skill difficulties, and sensory sensitivities.
It's important to note that individuals on the autism spectrum may exhibit a combination of these behaviors, or they may display other unique characteristics. The diagnosis of ASD is made by evaluating the presence and severity of various behaviors.
In summary, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a diverse condition that affects individuals uniquely, and understanding its behaviors and seeking early intervention can greatly enhance the quality of life for those with ASD.
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.
Signs of Autism
Early identification is crucial and can make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with autism. While autism is not something that can be outgrown, studies have shown that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life.
To learn more about developmental milestones, you can visit the CDC's "Learn the Signs" Act Early website. Here are some signs to watch for:
Lack of or delay in spoken language
Difficulty in understanding and using language, and repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping or twirling objects
Limited or no eye contact
Lack of interest in forming relationships with peers
Absence of spontaneous or imaginative play
Intense focus on specific parts of objects
By recognizing these signs early on and taking appropriate action, we can provide the necessary support and interventions to individuals with autism, ultimately improving their developmental progress and overall well-being.
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