Today, the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is widespread, and parents are becoming increasingly diligent about identifying symptoms of neuro-development conditions, and taking steps to making sure their child has a fruitful life.
However, the signs of autism can be quite subtle in younger children.
What is Autism?
Essentially, autism refers to a range of behavioral, social, and verbal and non-verbal communication conditions, the challenges within affecting the way the person perceives and interacts with their environment.
Autism is often referred as autism spectrum disorder, the term “spectrum” reflecting the extensive variety of challenges for person with autism.
The signs of autism conventionally become obvious between the ages of 2 to 3, though in some cases, the disorder has been diagnosed at 18 months and earlier. One of the leading symptoms is forms of motor stereotypy (repetitive body movements).
The earlier parents seek evaluation, the better the outcome of intervention.
Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA)
The use techniques based on principles of learning and motivation in ABA is an effective way of bringing about a positive change in the lives of those on the spectrum of autism disorder.
It’s the “invisible” challenges that parents of children with autism and people with autism need to comprehend—to create opportunities to help those on the autism spectrum achieve their full potential.
Current Rates Of Autism…
The United States
According to the studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder rose steadily since 2000, with an estimate of 1 in 68 school-going children in the U.S. being diagnosed with the disorder.
The State of New Jersey
Often know as the capital of autism, the state of New Jersey holds the record of being the state with the highest autism rate. Studies show that more 1 in 41 eight year olds live with the autism spectrum disorder in NJ.
The State of New York
New York remains to be one of the states with the lowest autism rates. The latest demographics reveal that between 2012 and 2013, approximately 6% of people ages 3 to 21 who received special education services have autism.