• Sharon Starkey

Autism Facts

Updated: Jun 20


Quick Facts to Know About Autism

  • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability usually appearing before the age of three. (https://nationalautismassociation.org/)

  • Autism affects communication skills, social interaction and cognitive skills.

  • According to the CDC, 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism (ASD) (https://www.cdc.gov/)

  • Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

  • People on the spectrum often suffer from co-morbid conditions such as ADHD, digestive disorders, epilepsy, sensory integration, feeding issues, speech issues, OCD, and many other conditions.

  • Children who have a sibling with ASD are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with ASD.

  • There is no cure for autism. Early intervention and treatment can help to improve symptoms.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the US. ASD is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. (https://www.massgeneral.org/children)

  • People with autism spectrum disorder often care deeply (empathize) but lack the ability to spontaneously respond to social interactions.

  • Children born to older parents have a larger risk of ASD.

  • Autism varies from person to person. No two are alike.

  • The mortality rate of those with autism is twice as high as the general population.

  • Children with autism do progress at their own speed. The key is early intervention.

  • Most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors for a person to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • All racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups are effected by autism.

  • About 50,000 individuals with autism graduate every year from high school.

  • It is estimated that 35% of autistic young adults have not held a job after high school or continued into further education.

  • The U.S. cost of autism over the lifespan is about $2.4 million for a person with an intellectual disability, or $1.4 million for a person without intellectual disability. (https://www.autism-society.org/)

  • Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism. (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/)

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