Sarah was diagnosed with Autism at the tender age of two years old in 1991. We had very little knowledge of what Autism was at the time.
The movie Rain man put Autism on the map, so to speak. The word Autism was primarily a blanket diagnosis. We had know idea what an Autism Spectrum was at the time. We eventually found out that their were Higher and Lower functions of Autism and that was it.
Today I set out to find out what progresses have been made in the last one or two decades. I am pleased to note that their have been many progresses for children with Autism. I do have to wonder though, with all the progress, why are so many children being diagnosed? Is it because the spectrum has gotten longer? Or maybe many children in the past were misdiagnosed?
Autism Speaks-funded South Korean study, which used a more rigorous methodology, found a prevalence of 1 in 38 students. The United States has 1 in 54 boys being diagnosed with Autism. CDC says 1 in 88 are being diagnosed with Autism. When Sarah was born it was 1 in 10,000 being diagnosed with Autism.
At any rate, lets look at the progress that has been made shall we?
2. Being nonverbal at age 4 does NOT mean children with autism will never speak. Research shows that most will, in fact, learn to use words, and nearly half will learn to speak fluently. Read more.
3. Though autism tends to be life long, some children with ASD make so much progress that they no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for autism. High quality early-intervention may be key. Read more.
4. Many younger siblings of children with ASD have developmental delays and symptoms that fall short of an autism diagnosis, but still warrant early intervention. Read more.
5. Research confirms what parents have been saying about wandering and bolting by children with autism: It’s common, it’s scary, and it doesn’t result from careless parenting.Read more.
6. Prenatal folic acid, taken in the weeks before and after a woman becomes pregnant, may reduce the risk of autism. Here’s the story.
7. One of the best ways to promote social skills in grade-schoolers with autism is to teach their classmates how to befriend a person with developmental disabilities. Read more.
8. Researchers can detect presymptom markers of autism as early as 6 months — a discovery that may lead to earlier intervention to improve outcomes. Read more.
9. The first medicines for treating autism’s core symptoms are showing promise in early clinical trials. Read more.
10. Investors and product developers respond to a call to develop products and services to address the unmet needs of the autism community. Read more.
I got the above information from the Huff Post Healthy Living by
Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks
- Food and autism – is there a link? (blogs.abc.net.au)
- CDC Study Finds No Link Between Number of Vaccines and Autism (News and Features) (dana.org)
- Prenatal valproate exposure and risk of autism spectrum disorders and childhood autism. (zedie.wordpress.com)
- How autism is different in girls vs. boys (foxnews.com)
- Currently, there is insufficient evidence to support instituting a gluten-free diet as a treatment for autism. (leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk)