Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious Neuro-Developmental Disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism significantly affects verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction that adversely affects the child’s educational performance. It may also cause restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities.
The CDC latest statistics show that 1 in 59 children has Autism
(United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2018)
Some of the characteristic behaviors of Autism may be apparent in the first few months of a child's life, or they may appear at any time, mainly before the age of 3 years.
It's very Important to realize that Early Diagnosis & Early Intensive Intervention are CRITICAL to gain maximum benefit from existing therapies and it can make a big difference in the lives of many children.
Often parents are the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviors such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways.
On March 2020, the CDC estimates that one in 54 8-year-olds in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
AUTISM AFFECTS BOYS 5 TIMES MORE THAN GIRLS
The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is rising. In the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children had autism.
It's not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting or a real increase in the number of cases, or both.
Here are some common signs and symptoms that people with ASD might have:
Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors, Professional & Trained Specialists look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. The doctor should refer the child to a team of professionals in developmental evaluation and early intervention.
A typical diagnostic evaluation involves a multi-disciplinary team of doctors including a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist.
It's very Important to realize that Early Diagnosis & Early Intensive Intervention is CRUCIAL to gain maximum benefit from existing therapies and it can make a big difference in the lives of many children.
There is no Medical treatment for Autism but you need a team of Professional & Trained specialists to work with the child.
It is important to remember that you do not need a diagnosis to start working with the child. Early Intervention is Crucial to the child's long term improvement and success.
Treatment Interventions for Autism
There is no single treatment protocol for all children with Autism, but most individuals with Autism respond best to highly structured Educational programs and Early Intervention.
Some of the most common interventions are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), school-based TEACCH method, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Verbal Behavior Intervention (VB), Sensory Integration Therapy, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and the Floortime Therapy
is the High Functioning part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.The condition is what doctors call a "high-functioning" type of ASD.
This means the symptoms are less severe than other kinds of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This group of related mental health issues shares some symptoms. Even so, lots of people still use the term Asperger's.
The DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) also includes a new diagnosis, called social pragmatic communication disorder, which has some symptoms that overlap with Asperger's.
Doctors use it to describe people who have trouble talking and writing, but have normal intelligence.
"World Autism Day" is celebrated on April 2nd by the United Nations
and April is "World Autism Month", in order to commemorate persons with autism and their families.
The World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations on Dec 2007 , due to the increasing rate of persons affected by autism.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place during April to increase understanding and acceptance and further support people with autism. April is considered as the Autism Awareness Month.
The 'Light it up blue' for Autism annual campaign was launched in 2010 by 'Autism Speaks', the largest Autism Organization in the World, along with the international autism community in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and Month.
Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the thousands of homes and communities around the world to “light in blue” and raise awareness in support of people living with autism.
Check out this great video about the challenges of an Autism Family daily Struggle