According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), autism affects every 1 in 68 children in the United States. The American Autism Association has a goal to ensure that everyone affected by autism is aware of what the disorder entails. Raising autism awareness is a strong aspect of what our organization strives to do.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that causes issues with communication, social, verbal, and motor skills. The most important thing to know about autism is that it is a spectrum disorder, meaning its affects vary from person to person. No two people with autism have the same symptoms. Symptoms generally appear in the early stage of childhood before the age of three. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Oftentimes, Autism (ASD) can be accompanied with other difficulties such as intellectual disabilities, motor and coordination issues, and physical health problems, such as sleep disorders or gastrointestinal issues, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
If you do find yourself noticing some developmental differences in your child, early intervention has proven to be one of the most effective strategies to raising a child with autism. The American Autism Association is happy to walk you through getting the proper resources, and we also recommend that you read through our Autism Parent Starter 100 Day Kit, which will help guide you through the process.
At this moment, there are no concrete reasons for the cause of autism. Similarly, there is no cure for autism. There is, however, a plethora of different approaches one may take to help improving the lives of those with autism. Therapeutic interventions such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Therapy have proven to be helpful. Each person with autism’s symptoms will be different; therefore the approach to helping them will be specific to their needs. To learn more about the various types of therapies offered for people on the autism spectrum, visit our Autism Resources page and download our General Therapies information sheet. The American Autism Association has an abundance of information and resources offered to anyone interested in learning about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s Syndrome, and it’s symptoms. Please visit our Autism Resources page for further information, or contact us on our Autism Help Hotline for any questions you may have.