|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM|
1 in 59 children are now diagnosed with autism.
An estimated 33% cannot speak.
As many as 1 in 3 have seizures.
65% of parents report their child had been bullied or victimized by peers.
25% of 8-year old’s cause injury to themselves.
Nearly 50% wander or run o from school, home and safety.
Kids with autism are 8x more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders.
Accidental drowning accounts for 91% of deaths in children with Autism.
- FEAT, Families for Effective Autism Treatment is a Las Vegas
|Posted by email@example.com on May 4, 2018 at 10:50 PM|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its biennial update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children, based on an analysis of 2014 medical records and, where available, educational records of 8-year-old children from 11 monitoring sites across the United States.
The new estimate represents a 15 percent increase in prevalence nationally: to 1 in 59 children, from 1 in 68 two years previous.
However, prevalence estimates varied widely between monitoring sites, with significantly higher numbers at sites where researchers had full access to school records. This suggests that the new national numbers reflect a persistent undercount of autism’s true prevalence among the nation’s children.
“These findings demonstrate that while progress has been made on some fronts, there is still much work to do,” says Autism Speaks President and Chief Executive Officer Angela Geiger. “They urgently warrant a significant increase in life-enhancing research and access to high quality services for people with autism across the spectrum and throughout their lifespan.”
Autism Speaks calls on legislators, public health agencies and the National Institutes of Health to advance research that helps us better understand the increased prevalence and the complex medical needs that often accompany autism. In doing so, policy makers should follow the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s recommendation to double the autism research budget.
Autism Speaks also urges government leaders to advance policies that better provide individualized support and services in areas including education, transition to adulthood, residential options and employment.
Key findings of the new report include:
* Nationally, 1 in 59 children had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8 in 2014, a 15 percent increase over 2012.
* But estimated rates varied, with a high of 1 in 34 in New Jersey (a 20 percent increase), where researchers had better access to education records. On the low side, autism’s estimated prevalence in Arkansas was just 1 in 77. “This suggests that the new national prevalence estimate of 1 in 59 still reflects a significant undercount of autism’s true prevalence among our children,” says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazier. “And without more and better research, we can’t know how much higher it really is.”
* The gender gap in autism has decreased. While boys were 4 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls (1 in 37 versus 1 in 151) in 2014, the difference was narrower than in 2012, when boys were 4.5 times more frequently diagnosed than girls. This appears to reflect improved identification of autism in girls – many of whom do not fit the stereotypical picture of autism seen in boys.
* White children were still more likely to be diagnosed with autism than were minority children. However, the ethnic gap had narrowed since 2012, particularly between black and white children. This appears to reflect increased awareness and screening in minority communities. However, the diagnosis of autism among Hispanic children still lagged significantly behind that of non-Hispanic children.
* Disappointingly, the report found no overall decrease in the age of diagnosis. In 2014, most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2. Earlier diagnosis is crucial because early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
“It’s encouraging to see evidence of improved identification of autism in girls and minority groups,” Dr. Frazier says. “We must continue to narrow this gap while greatly speeding up the time from first concerns about a child’s development to screening, diagnosis and intervention. If most children aren’t being diagnosed until after age 4, we’re losing months if not years of intervention that can deliver benefits throughout their lives.”
* The few report found that new diagnostic criteria for autism adopted in 2013 (DSM-5) made only a slight difference in prevalence estimates. Autism prevalence was slightly higher (by 4 percent) based on the older (DSM-IV) definition of autism compared to DSM-5. Future prevalence reports will be based fully on the DSM-5 criteria for autism and provide a better measure of the change’s impact.
* The nation still lacks any reliable estimate of autism’s prevalence among adults. As autism is a lifelong condition for most people, this represents an unacceptable gap in our awareness of their needs – particularly in areas such as employment, housing and social inclusion. Each year, an estimated 50,000 teens with autism age out of school-based services.
A wide range of resources for recognizing early signs of autism and for accessing support and services throughout the lifespan are available at AutismSpeaks.org.
Autism Speaks encourages people to go to AutismSpeaks.org and volunteer, donate and get others to come on board. Now is the time to make a difference for the millions of people with autism worldwide.
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|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 26, 2016 at 11:55 PM|
"What do I do next?" This is a question that has undoubtedly been asked by every parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In many cases, it comes after the "What is autism?" and "How did it happen?" Unfortunately, just as with the first two questions, the answer isn't very satisfying. Although many treatments and therapies are proposed to help, few have been studied enough to know whether they really do (or don't) work, and for which children. This reality is frustrating and confusing for families and professionals caring for children with ASD.
In this section, we explore current autism treatments, the evidence that supports their use, and what we are learning from the experience of individuals and families who have tried them.
When a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, families face the next challenge: choosing treatments and therapies for their child. What are these treatments and therapies? How much do we know about them? How can a family best evaluate whether a treatment is working for their child?
Treatment for ASD: What Do We Really Know?
Educational and Behavioral Therapies
Behavioral Therapies: Key Interventions in ASD
Evaluating Treatments: How Do You Know When a Treatment Really Works?
Finding a Mental Health Provider with Autism Experience
TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL THERAPIES FOR AUTISM
Early Start Denver Model Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Floortime and Pivotal Response Training
Social Skills Interventions
Sensory Based Therapies
MEDICATIONS, DIETS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamins and Supplements
Treatment of Feeding Disorders in ASD
UNDERSTANDING AUTISM RESEARCH
Why Research Matters (and Why Does it Take So Long?)
This Just In: Autism is Caused by [Fill in the Blank]
Lather, Rinse, Repeat: The Importance of Long-Term Studies in Autism
How IAN Research Can Make a Difference
One thing is clear: we do not know enough about how to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. It is our hope that the IAN Research project will change this.
We hope that you will use this site to make yourself an informed consumer of research, to advocate for autism research, and, if you qualify, to participate in IAN Research and other autism research studies.
IAN TREATMENT REPORTS
By collecting data on treatment experiences, IAN hopes to contribute to the effort to identify effective treatments, as well as to guide decision-makers prioritizing which not-yet-proven treatments to study. As participants in IAN Research share their stories, what are we learning about autism treatments currently in use in the United States?
IAN Research Findings: Treatment Series
IAN Research Reports address everything from speech and occupational therapies, to medications, social skills groups, special diets and animal-assisted therapies.
Parents taking part in the IAN Research Project haved reported what treatments their child was receiving, as well as how difficult they were to obtain, how much they cost, and how effective they were finding them to be.
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