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Autism

  • April is National Autism Awareness Month

    This April marks the 43rd annual National Autism Awareness Month, which has been kicked off by the World Autism Day every April 2 since 2007.

    As we celebrate autism awareness issues this month, its important to understand some key statistics about the state of autism in 2013:

    • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability with a 1,148% growth rate.
    • Every 11 minutes, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
    • 1 in 88 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum; 1 in 54 boys.
    • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
    • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births.
    • 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.

    The Autism Awareness Month kicked off with the World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day is one of only three official health-related United Nations Days with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism.
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  • Raising a Child with Autism: Some Tips for Success

    All children are an inherent gift. Nevertheless, raising a child is a guaranteed challenge. For parents with children living with autism, the challenges can be great and often overwhelming. Although the challenges will remain, there are a few straightforward steps that can make raising a child with autism surmountable. These include finding the right team of professionals, learning about the disorder, seeking and interacting with other families affected by autism, and taking time out for personal needs aside from parenting.
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