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CDC Increases Estimate Of Autism’s Prevalence By 15%, To 1 in 59 Children
Autism is a brain-based developmental disorder. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are exploding in incidence in the United States. No one knows whether the increase reflects rising numbers or new awareness.
Today, the umbrella term of ASD includes autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (regressive autism).
Autistic children inhabit a solitary internal world. People with ASD have difficulty communicating and interacting with others.
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Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
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Autism Caregiver Tips
Ways to help someone with autism:
- Create a supportive, comforting environment.
- Adopt a warm, loving, matter-of-fact manner.
- Try not to feel hurt if you can’t establish eye contact or an emotional connection.
- Reduce noise, clutter and the number of people in a room at one time.