April is World Autism Month—Celebrate With Us By Learning Autism Spectrum Disorder Facts and Statistics
April is World Autism Awareness Month, and at Infinite Therapy Solutions, our multidisciplinary team is doing our part to spread the news! Every year at our clinics, we have the pleasure of working with hundreds of children and teens living with autism. These individuals are right here, living in and around the Hudson County community—and perhaps are even a part of your own family. It’s our mission to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We truly believe that with the right interventions and services, people with autism can engage meaningfully in the world and lead lives that are as healthy, productive, and fulfilling as possible.
It’s also our mission to educate our community about this common neurodevelopmental disability. If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to check out these five autism spectrum disorder facts.
5 Surprising Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 59 children are affected by autism. In total, autism affects about 3.5 million Americans (about 1% of the population). While it affects boys about four times as often as girls, autism can be found in all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups.
- Autism isn’t one single condition. Instead, it represents a range of conditions which fall along what’s known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). No single cause of ASD exists, but doctors and researchers generally agree it occurs because of changes with brain function and development.
- Autism symptoms vary greatly. And like any individual, each person living with autism spectrum disorder will have their own individual traits, characteristics, strengths, and challenges. A few of the most common signs and symptoms of autism include:
- Avoiding eye contact
- Experiencing a delay in, lack of, or loss of spoken language
- Repeating words or phrases (often in place of typical language), or repetitive body movements (e.g., hand flapping, rocking, twirling objects)
- Being unaware when people are speaking to them (yet being responsive to other sounds),
- Having difficulty relating to or showing interest in others
- Not playing make-believe nor pretending
- Having an unusually strong reaction to sensations (smell, touch, taste, sound, or sight)
- Having difficulty expressing their needs and feelings
- Having difficulty with changes in routine
- Preferring not to be held, cuddled, or touched
- When can you tell if your child has autism spectrum disorder? While signs and symptoms can show up as early as 18 months, diagnosis typically occurs around age 2 or 3, though sometimes even later than this. Early diagnosis (which is based on behavioral and developmental assessments) helps streamline care and ensures children get the individualized interventions they need, including speech, occupational, and behavioral therapy.
- There are several possible autism risk factors, including genetic, biological, and environmental ones. For example, being born to older parents or having a sibling with autism increases a person’s risk of developing the condition. Autism also appears to occur more frequently in children with certain genetic or chromosomal conditions, and in children whose mothers took certain prescription drugs (such as valproic acid and thalidomide) during pregnancy.
Show your pride! The Autism Awareness ribbon was first developed in 1999. According to the Autism Society, the puzzle piece design symbolizes the complexity of autism spectrum disorder. Meanwhile, “The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals…hope that through increased awareness…and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives and be able to interact with the world on their own terms.”
The month of April is World Autism Month, so it’s a great opportunity to educate yourself and spread awareness and kindness.
- The term “autism” represents a range of conditions that can affect the way a person behaves, communicates, and interact with others and their environment.
- Autism symptoms and signs typically begin in childhood and will generally last throughout the individual’s life.
- With the right support and individualized care, people with ASD can live productive, healthy, and meaningful lives.
- You can help spread awareness about this autism spectrum disorder by teaming up with your local support groups, donating to autism organizations, and sharing your stories on social media using the hashtag #StandUpForAutism.
Does Your Child Have Autism?
If you live in the Hudson County area of New Jersey and have a child with autism, contact Infinite Therapy Solutions. We’d love to show you how our experienced multi-disciplinary team of speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and behavioral therapists take a team- and family-oriented approach to help your child thrive.
In addition to our two convenient clinic locations in Bayonne and West Orange, we also proudly provide in-home therapy. This can make a world of difference for children with autism who tend to do best in familiar environments.
It’d truly be our honor to get to know your child or teen, as well as the rest of the family! Call today:
- 201-455-3144 for our Bayonne clinic
- 973-939-6280 for our West Orange clinic