Autism is a developmental disorder which affects the social, behavioral and communicative aspects of a child. Since it is a spectrum, the severity varies from one person to another.
According to CDC currently 1 in 68 kids has autism. Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls. The rate is 1:42 for boys and 1:189 for girls.
Unfortunately Autism is the most common developmental disability affecting the kids in US today and is on the rise globally too.
It is difficult to diagnose Autism as there is no medical test and the doctors will usually look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.
Currently there is no cure for Autism, however, research has proved that early intervention greatly improves the life of the child.
These therapies include but are not limited to Behavior Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Swallowing and Feeding Therapy etc.
With the right kind of therapies, medical intervention (if needed), dietary changes and love and support from the family, the child can be mainstreamed.
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