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April is National Autism Awareness Month

What is autism?

  • A neurological disorder that disrupts a child’s learning and socialization
  • The third most common developmental disability
  • A spectrum disorder, meaning it has a very wide range of symptoms and/or characteristics

-Children with this disorder range from very high functioning to extremely impaired

  • It is 4x more prevalent in boys than girls
  • Usually diagnosed during the first 3 years of a child’s life
  • There is no medical test for autism

-Autism is determined only through observation and testing of a child done by a team of professionals, coupled with guardian interviews

  • In order for a diagnosis to be made, child must exhibit all 3 of the following symptoms:

-Qualitative impairments in social interaction

-Qualitative impairments in communication

-Restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities

  • It is estimated that 1,500,000 people in the US today have autism
  • Unfortunately, to date, no single cause or cure for autism has been identified

Join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.