The Autistic Spectrum
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Autism is a life-long developmental disorder that prevents individuals from properly understanding what they see,hear, and sense. It results in mild to severe problems of social relationships, communication, and behavior. The cause of autism is still unknown. Some research suggests a physical problem affecting those parts of the brain that process language and information coming in from the senses. There may be some imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. Research also points to a possible genetic connection. Environmental reasons are also of concern. Autism may indeed result from a combination of several "causes". Statistics now show 1 in 68 children have Autism. Please go to this link for a very good article.
Estimated number of U.S. kids with autism has skyrocketed by 78% since 2000, according to a report from the federal CDC. One in 88 American kids has autism, according to the new figures. Among boys, it's 1 in 54. Why? One expert says: "Better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and roughly 50% of 'We don't know.'" Click anywhere on this text to go to the article.
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A pair of studies on autism rates show that somewhere around one percent of all U.S. children currently have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The rate is even higher among 6 to 11 year olds and among boys. Posted at http://www.mercola.com Source of info was Huffington Post on August 11, 2009. Click anywhere on this text and you will be taken to the article.
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Did you Know?
*Diagnosis of autism is estimated to occur in 1 in 67
* It is estimated that more than 1 to 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone have this disorder.
*Is 4 times more prevalent in males than females.
*Today 80% of the Autism population is under 18.
*Has been growing at an estimated rate of 100-200 percent every 5 years.
* A family that has a biologically related relative with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is much more likely to have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder than a family without this history.
*Autism rates in America have gone from 1 in 10,000 (1994) to 1 in 150 (2007).
*Based on past progression rates, we could be looking at 1 in 9 by 2015.
*It can cost about $3.2 million to take care of a person with autism over his/her lifetime.
* 90% of costs are in adult services.
*Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
* A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes.
* There are 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year.
* The economic impact of autism is more than $90 billion and expected to more than double in the next decade.
* Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
* There is no medical detection treatment, or cure for autism.
*Latest study from the CDC reports 1 in 12 American women of childbearing age has mercury levels in her blood above the levels considered safe for the developing fetus.
There are 5 disorders that fall under the Autism Umbrella:
*Autistic Disorder (Autism)
*Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD)
*Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
Some of you that have frequented my site may remember the Fighting Autism Clock that was in this spot. It's come to my attention, thanks to a very nice Mom I met via the internet, that this is found to be very offensive to many people on the Autistic Spectrum. I cannot tell you how terrible I feel about this. I had no idea. I've taken it off and would like you to click on this text to see why.
I've been asked the name of the song that is playing on my site when you view the first page. It's "I'm Still Here" by Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. It was first heard in the movie Treasure Planet. If you'd like the words, click on this text and it will take you to a page here on my site. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.