Thursday, April 02, 2009

world autism awareness day

this is an important cause for me, especially with the number of children i've known and worked with that are diagnosed with autism or a disorder in the autistic spectrum. so here are a few bits of information that i snagged from the autism speaks website.

Did you know…
  • 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism
  • 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum
  • 67 children are diagnosed per day
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Watch for the Red Flags of Autism

(The following red flags may indicate a child is at risk for atypical development, and is in need of an immediate evaluation.)

In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that indicate that a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” that your child should be screened to ensure that he/she is on the right developmental path. If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age

please raise awareness today for autism and some of the "red flags" that could be indicators for needing an evaluation.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Yesterday I went to Babies-R-Us to look around (had a gift card) and when I was paying, the cashier asked if I wanted to make a donation to Autism Speaks. B/c of the work my sister-in-law has done (and still does) with kids with autism I said sure! I got the CUTEST re-usable shopping bag that had been designed by an artist with autism. (Check out the babies-r-us website for the bag....a $10 donation is all it takes!) :)