New study…1 in 88 of 8 year olds has Autism

Federal health authorities have significantly raised their estimate of the prevalence of autism in children, concluding in a new study of 8-year-olds that 1 in 88 has some form of the disorder.

For the analysis, released Thursday, researchers scoured tens of thousands of health and special education records in 14 states, looking for an autism diagnosis or the symptoms that would add up to one. It is the latest in a series of studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing autism rates climbing dramatically over the last decade.

story from http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/30/local/la-me-0330-autism-rates-20120330

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What is Autism

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.[2] Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.[3] It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.[4]

Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants.[5] In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects.[6] Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines;[7] the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence.[8] The prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report 11.3 per 1,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with ASD as of 2008.[9][10] The number of people diagnosed with autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.[11]

Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life.[12] The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress.[13] Early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills.[12] Although there is no known cure,[12] there have been reported cases of children who recovered.[14] Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful.[15] An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder. click here for more  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism

A message from Beverly

As a mother of a son with Autism it is my goal to learn and try to understand as much as I can. Managing this process needs careful consideration and awareness of what is working and what is not needs to be captured. We as parents, family or friends need to become some level of an ‘Autism Expert’ because the spectrum is so vast and help so expensive and always evolving.

I’ve discovered people who have Autism also have something so very special,  they have many talents to discover, the more parents share stories the more we learn about how broad the spectrum of Autism is.

If it’s true that every working hour another child is diagnosed with autism than now more than ever we need to find a better way to cope with the growing number of cases.  The proper facilities and teachers to advance learning for these children is essential, starting from the moment the Autism is detected!

To better understand their world of various distractions and difficulties with socialization and comprehension, yet when you get to briefly know each scope of the child on the spectrum and see, even if only once in a while the glimmer of light and happiness, innocence and intellect shines through and…what a cool world it is!

Not all that long ago, about 20 years ago autism was a rare occurrence, as few as 1 in 10,000 people in the US.  4 years ago the studies were about 1 in 150 kids age 10 and younger…today they are saying it could be more like 1 in 68!   In Australia it’s estimated one in 100 people have an ASD; that’s almost 230,000 Australians…yet 4 years ago it was noted there were 130,000 Australians of all ages!

Autism is on the rise and although the increase of awareness is wonderful we really need to make some serious changes to the schooling system, with a major focus on High School.  Our teenagers deserve to thrive in their chosen area and deserve the help they need to set them up to succeed.

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Best wishes

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