Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description

Incapacitating disorder in the development of the brain that is characterized in three major different symptoms: social impairment, verbal and nonverbal communication problems, and extremely activity and interest limit.


Statistics

  • 1 in 88 children get affected
  • Autism can cost a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are five times more likely yo get affected then girls
  • National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation budget in 2012 was $30.86
  • Autism only gets $169 million that goes straight to research
  • 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed
  • 2 million in the U.S and tens of millions world wide are affected


Causes

  • Rare gene changes
  • Non genetic "environmental changes"


Symptoms

  • Social difficulties
  • Lack of speaking
  • Mood changes quick
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful two word phrase by 24 months
  • No back and forth gestures like pointing or waving by 12 months
  • No smiling or other warm expressions by 6 months


Treatment

  • Behavioral treatment
  • Intensive behavioral treatment were the whole family is involved
  • Medication (naltrexone, risperidor, apiporazole )
  • Therapist that will come to the house and work with the children
  • Programs that go a specialized center, preschool, or class room to work with the kids


Life with Autism: In their own words

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