“Autism is one word trying to describe millions of stories.”- Anonymous
We are already in the 2nd week of Autism Awareness month. But it’s more than just spreading awareness… it’s about loving selflessly. Over a decade, more children have been diagnosed with autism than ever before. Researches reveal that there is a tremendous rise in reports of such cases since the 1980s. In The 1980s, approximately 1 in 10,000 was affected by autism, in the 90s, 1 in 2500 and later 1 in 1000. Today CDC estimates an increment of 14% from the 1 in 68 rates in 2016 and a 47% increase from the 1 in 88 rates in 2012. Is this question arising within you, “what’s the primary cause of it?” Researchers are also doing their homework but they don’t fully understand why or what.
I believe every child is unique and special in their own ways; all we need to do is love them the way they are. I know it’s easy to say, but let’s not give up. I have already been in your shoes, so I’m trying to be of your best help.
If your son is diagnosed with autism and you are not sure where to start, read on to learn more about autism so you can be a well-equipped parent. Here are quick facts which will help you down the line.
PREVALENCE & OTHER FACTS
In 2018 the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 59 children have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
ASD is unevenly split between girls and boys in a ratio of 1:4. It means your son is 4 times more likely (1 in 37 boys) to be diagnosed with autism than girls (1 in 151girls). Autism is not restricted to any geographical location or ethnic group, in fact, it has reported its prevalence in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
Even with the widespread awareness of autism among people and the possibility of reliable diagnosis as early as age 2, most of the children get diagnosed after the age of 4. It is identified that the diagnosis of minority groups are often late and less.
You know exactly what to expect and how to handle an ASD affected child because you know his intellectual level is low. They assessed nearly 42% of children identified with ASD for developmental concerns by age 3 years.
TREATMENT & SERVICES:
While it’s true that there is no cure for ASD, but it can be treated. With early treatment and proper care, children with ASD can overcome the difficulties they face and also learn new skills. Symptoms such as aggression, repetitive behavior, and attention problems can be controlled with medicines.
Unarguably, early intervention
(before age 3) offers the best help to ASD affected child to reach his full
potential during his lifespan. Depending on your child’s age and eligibility
many services are available for her through the state’s department of
health. She might be entitled to a publicly funded service
coordinator (who will develop an individualized plan to meets the needs of
your child and family.) or for special education services. Under this, the
state will put an Individualized Education Program team in place to
develop an individualized educational plan for your child.
RISK FACTORS OF ASD:
Although ASD can affect any child but here’s some for the factors, you need to consider
· In most cases, research shows that genetics are the perpetrators.
is observed that children born to older parents are at a higher risk of
· Since it involves genes, it is likely (2 to 18 percent chance) to have the 2nd child also affected with autism if the 1st child has ASD.
· Studies have shown that in identical twins, one has the probability of about 36% to 95%, of having autism if the other has autism while in non-identical twins, the probability remains at 31%.
· Certain medical conditions like Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis increase the risk of ASD in children.
· Babies born before 26 weeks of pregnancy may be at greater risk of having ASD.
· Vaccines do not cause autism.
· About 50% of autistic children wander or bolt from safety.
· Over 66% of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 face bullying.
· Approx 28% of 8-year-olds with ASD have self-injurious behaviors.
· Drowning remains a chart-topping cause of death for children with autism and approximately 90% of deaths are associated with wandering by those age 14 and younger.
COSTS & BENEFITS:
· Treating autism is a costly affair. In 2015 the cost reached $268 billion and the projected cost by 2025 is $461 billion in the absence of more-effective interventions and support across the life span.
· Autism costs a US family approx $60 billion a year for children.
· Passage of 2014 Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows tax-preferred savings accounts for people with disabilities, including autism, to be established by states.
· Passage of autism insurance legislation is providing access to medical treatment and therapies in 48 states.
ASD is a vast subject and costly affair too. With autism, it easy to focus on what your child cannot do. But it’s all about what he can do, right? Autistic children speak a different language the faster we learn the better it is for us. With correct and handy information you can better understand your child and love better. Autistic children are differently able and they worth more than billions. I will walk alongside you in your journey of discovering your child. What did you learn new about autism, today? Please let us know or share your success story if have had the privilege of raising an autistic child.