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  • Writer's pictureMirna Shenouda

Facts and Info about Autism

What is Autism?

Autism is a common bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of three. It impacts the normal development of the brain and affects social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function.

Autistic individuals typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or activities. Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous comorbid medical conditions which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, and sleeping disorders.

Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Its prevalence is not affected by race, region, or socioeconomic status. The incidence has climbed to an alarming one-in-54 children in the United States as it is where autism was first diagnosed.

Facts about Autism:

  1. Autism is treatable.

  2. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

  3. Autism now affects one-in-54 children; over half are classified as “having an intellectual disability” or “borderline intellectual disability.”

  4. Autism greatly varies from person-to-person; no two people with autism are alike.

  5. Autism is the fastest growing, yet the most underfunded, developmental disorder.

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