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Hi, I'm Crissy, host of the Children with Developmental Delays & Disorders board.
Since April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States, it seemed like a good time to drop in and share some facts about autism, and an invitation to the DevD&D board.
If you have a child on the spectrum, if you have any questions or concerns about your child or a child you know, or if just want to learn more about austism spectrum disorders, please come visit us on the Children with Developmental Delays & Disorders board!
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes this problem. ASDs can impact a person’s functioning at different levels, from very mildly to severely.
■ Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.
■ More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. Yet autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
■ Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., and costs the nation over $35 billion per year.
■ There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
There are some red flags you can watch for in your child. Red flags DO NOT mean autism, they are just signs to take a closer look. Ask your child's doctor for an evaluation if your child has:
■ No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
■ No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
■ No babbling by 12 months
■ No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
■ No words by 16 months
■ No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
■ Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age