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Autism Awareness Month - Accept, Understand, Love

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

According to the Autism Society, Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. ASD is a developmental disability that varies in severity from one individual to another.

Autism Statistics*

1 in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
1 in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
1.8% of children in the U.S. have a diagnosis of autism.
1.8% of children in the U.S. have a diagnosis of autism.
1 in 27 Boys identified with autism
1 in 27 Boys identified with autism.
1 in 116 Girls identified with autism
1 in 116 Girls identified with autism.

*Maenner MJ, Shaw KA, Bakian AV, et al. Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2018. MMWR Surveill Summ 2021;70(No. SS-11):1–16. from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/

Signs & Symptoms

  • Delayed language skills.
  • Delayed movement skills.
  • Delayed cognitive or learning skills.
  • Hyperactive, impulsive and/or inattentive behavior.
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorder.
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (e.g., constipation).
  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions.
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