April is Autism Awareness Month, a world effort to create awareness and raise attention on the issues that affect people with Autism
Autism is a complex diagnosis that includes different syndrome and disorders brain development. Most people with autism have difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non verbal communication and repetitive behaviors in different degrees.
The statistics show the magnitude of the issue and how important is that not only parents, but teachers and general community are aware of the disorder.
1. At least 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
2. Autism prevalence is 1 in 88 births
3. The clinical cost of treating autism is around 70 billion annually
So how do you know if your child has autism?
The behaviors that characterize autism might not be apparent during the first months of life; however they usually become obvious around the ages of 2 to 5. Some of the clues that might trigger your pediatrician to request more evaluation for your child are
1. A baby that does not coo by the first year
2. Absence of words by 16 months
3. Loss of language or social skills at any moment.
Since the symptom of the disorder can vary a lot, it is recommended to talk to your doctor when you are concerned. Just remember that each child develops at a different speed. Always consult with your doctor if you have any doubts.
World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd 2013
For more information you can visit Autism Speaks