Last week we met Jacob, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at two years old, and saw how early intervention services helped him start school healthy and ready to learn. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we thought you should be aware of a few more things.
Facts about autism:
- According to recently released results from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, as many as one in 45 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
- Babies can exhibit symptoms of ASD as early as 18 months, however many children aren’t diagnosed until after three years old.
- Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function.
- Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities
- It is called autism spectrum disorder because no two individuals that are affected are alike. Some are considered high-function while others may be nonverbal.
- Early intervention therapies that begin in the first three years of life can greatly improve the diverse symptoms related to autism.
Support for families:
- Track your baby’s development at Makethefirstfivecount.org.
- Discuss your baby’s development with your pediatrician if you notice a potential issue.
- Contact Babies Can’t Wait for an evaluation.
Resources for families:
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Society of Georgia
- Babies Can’t Wait
- The PLAY Project