How to recognize autism

How to recognize autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders are developmental disabilities that cause social, communication and behavioral challenges in kids, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“If your child is not speaking, playing and interacting with people by 18 months, that’s a problem,” says Dr. Nivea Velazquez, a pediatrician with highly rated Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va. But early intervention and therapy is effective, says Michael Rosanoff, associate director of public health research for Autism Speaks. Understand autism’s reach with these numbers.

5 – The age by which a child with autism is usually diagnosed. ASD diagnoses have occurred when a child is as young as 18 months.

$60,000 – The average amount families spend annually to care for an autistic family member.

3 – Signs your child might have ASD: (1) No babbling or facial expressions by 9 months. ( 2) No pointing, showing, reaching at 12 months. (3) Any loss of speech, or social skills at any age.

56% – The average earnings loss mothers of 
children with autism face 
over a lifetime.

25 – Approximate number of hours per week 
a child with ASD needs of structured, therapeutic activities that focus on social skills, language, communication, motor and daily living skills.

4 to 1 – The rate at which boys with ASD outnumber girls

15% – Approximate cases of autism scientists have linked to rare gene changes.

72 – The percentage increase in ASD diagnoses since 2007, when a similar CDC report put the autism prevalence rate at 1 in 110 children. Today, the autism rate rate stands 
at 1 in 88 children.

0% - No children have the exact same ASD symptoms.

Autism Speaks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HealthyChildren.org


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Autism spectral disorders (ASD) affect an estimated 3.4 out of 1,000 children ages 3 to 10. More children will be diagnosed with autism than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined.

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