We are trying to help people who are going thought autism.
- no babbling or pointing by age 1
- no single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age 2
- no response to name
- loss of language or social skills
- poor eye contact
- excessive lining up of toys or objects
- no smiling or social responsiveness.
Later indicators include:
- impaired ability to make friends with peers
- impaired ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
- absence or impairment of imaginative and social play
- stereotyped, repetitive, or unusual use of language
- restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus
- preoccupation with certain objects or subjects
- inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals.
The hallmark feature of ASD is impaired social interaction. As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with ASD may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement.
- 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.1
- Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births.2
- 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.3
- Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.4
- 10 - 17 % annual growth.5
- $60 billion annual cost.6
- 60% of costs are in adult services.7
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.8
- In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.9
- 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom have an autism spectrum disorder.10
- The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.11
- Only 56% of students with autism finish high school.12
Did You Know...
- Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection Or cure for autism