Autism is a complex developmental disorder that typically appears in the first 3 years of life. It affects how a child’s brain develops the ability to interact with others and communicate.
In the United States, 1 child in every 88 births is autistic and 1 in every 54 boys.
Although Autism is not curable, it is treatable. Kids do not “outgrow” autism, but with early intervention, the outcomes and development of a child is significantly improved.
Screening and Early Detection is important to get children the help they need.
What causes Autism? No single cause of autism has been identified. It is likely a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. This is an area of active research. Scientific research studies have shown that Autism is NOT caused by vaccines or any of their components.
Some signs to look for in your children:
- Lack of or delay in spoken language
- Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
- Little or no eye contact
- Lack of interest in peer relationships
- Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
If you have any concerns, ask your provider for more information.