Autism Fact Sheet
This week I want to write a blog to focus on what I discuss each week.
The word is autism.
Mainly, where the autism community is at in terms of the reliably accurate information/facts about autism.
Reliably accurate autism information
Below is a list of autism-related facts.
It is an autism fact sheet. (This list was published by Autism Speaks in late 2013.)
What do we know for sure?
1. Autism affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys.
2. The prevalence figures are growing.
3. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
4. Funding for autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
5. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
6. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
7. There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
Is that all we know for sure?
In addition, I have my own list of personal footnotes/comments/observations based on my own experiences and knowledge in the world of autism.
Here are a few of my own:
1. In 2004, when my son was first diagnosed, obtaining services was relatively easier. We asked for a service, the paperwork was processed, and we began that service a few weeks later. My child was young and the state had more funding within the autism system.
2. When my son was in the Early Intervention Program at our regional center, there were only about twenty kids total.
We were congratulated for bringing in our child so young (15 months old).
3. My son is now eleven and has been in the autism system for ten years.
4. For four years, my son received 26 hours of services per week.
Are there more?
5. When my son was four, he attended a weekly social skills group.
In addition, all of the parents of the group decided we would ask our child’s service coordinators to approve a second social skills group for our kids.
We did it—and got approval for a second social skills group for our kids that lasted for five years.
6. As of the first day of services, our son did not speak or walk. He never babbled or did “coo coo“ noises.
If he crawled, he did it backwards. He had very little eye contact, spun objects, and stared at ceiling fans.
In other words, he had developmental delays.
To initiate speech, we taught him sign language. Eventually, he began to speak a few words.
He stood by seventeen months, walked by eighteen months.
By twenty months, he had full sentences.
He had delays, but thanks to early intervention, he caught up.
In conclusion, I will be forever a fan of early intervention/early diagnosis of children with autism. These are the facts about autism and about my son.
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