Autism, also linked with autism spectrum disorder, is a general term that describes complex disorders of brain development. Autism effects the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism usually have some difficulty with verbal and/or non-verbal communication, social interactions, and play activities. Some may also suffer from various medical conditions such as: allergies, asthma, epilepsy,
digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, etc.
According to the CDC, 1 in 68 American children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. This disorder is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The CDC also breaks down ASD in terms of gender. Research has found that ASD is 5 times more common and boys, 1 in 42, than among girls which shows a ratio of 1 in 189. Although ASD doesn’t have a cure it has been found that early diagnosis is a vital key.
While there is no known cause of autism, early diagnoses, as well as continued awareness, can significantly improve outcomes. Join St Hope Foundation as we promote Autism Awareness this month. If you are interested in joining the movement or want more information about Autism visit the links below: