Learn the signs of autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) occur in about 1 of every 68 people, so it is likely that you may know someone who is affected. It is important to learn the signs of ASD, and take action early. Please feel free to share the following information.

The estimated number of people with ASD continues to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While its causes are not fully understood, ASD is usually related to genetic factors. It is not caused by poor parenting or vaccinations.

Because ASDs are a spectrum of disorders, social and behavioral symptoms range from mild to severe. Diagnosis can be made by a combination of close observation, screening tests and blood tests.

However, depending on the evaluation recommendations from your doctor, it may take a long time to get a diagnosis. This is why early detection is critical to make sure children and individuals with ASD are able to receive immediate access to the services and support they need.

We encourage you to talk to your child’s pediatrician if you think your child might have ASD. To learn more, please read this Sharp Health News article that highlights a recent study on early autism detection in infants, and provides a list of symptoms.



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Prevention matters for children

Right from the start, prevention goes a long way in helping your child grow up healthy, happy and strong. During the years your child is developing and changing the most, be sure they receive timely exams, vaccines and screenings at every stage.