April is Autism Acceptance Month!
Today is Autism Acceptance Day, a kickoff to Autism Acceptance Month. In honor of our many clients who live with this disorder, we will begin a series of posts to learn more about the Autism Spectrum Disorder. First, some frequently asked questions.
• What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
According to the Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org) ASD is “a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation.” It’s called a “spectrum” because these conditions can vary by degree.
• Who has ASD?
A 2018 CDC report indicated that the prevalence of autism has risen to an estimated 1 in 59 children. Although boys are approximately 4.5 times more likely to have an autism diagnosis (compared to girls of the same age), research suggests that girls may not show autism in the same way as boys, which might lead to ASD being undiagnosed.
• What causes ASD?
Just as there isn’t one type of autism, there’s also no single cause. Most cases appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.
In our next post, we will discuss the common indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Symptoms often begin to manifest as young as three years old, so it’s important for parents to know the “red flags” to watch for!