April is National
Autism Awareness Month
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Autism Puzzle Suckers and Puzzle Pieces
Sold During LunchAll proceeds will benefit Summit Educational Resources201920172016What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
What Causes Autism?
There is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. It appears to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.
Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and “atypical” ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have significant disability and are unable to live independently. About 25 percent of individuals with ASD are nonverbal but can learn to communicate using other means.
Facts About Autism
- About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.
- In the United States, it is estimated at 1 in 68 births.
- More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68).
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.
- Autism is five times more common among boys than girls.