FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CONCERNING AUTISM
HOW COMMON IS AUTISM?
It is the fastest growing disability in the United States. A child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes, and it now affects more than 1 in 68 children according to a recent study reported by the CDC. Autism affects more than 1.5 million Americans and costs the country more than $268 billion annually. As the rate of autism accelerates, so do our efforts.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS AUTISM?
A qualified professional, such as a developmental pediatrician or pediatric neurologist, makes an autism diagnosis.
WHAT ARE COMMON SIGNS OF AUTISM?
Individuals affected by autism do not always experience the same symptoms. The symptoms depend on the severity of the disorder. The impact or manifestation of these behaviors can range from mild to disabling.
Early signs of autism are:
- Loss or lack of speech around 18 months of age
- Little or no eye contact
- Loss or lack of gestures, such as pointing or waving
- Repetitive speech or actions
- Unusual reactions to the way things look, feel, smell, taste or sound