Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 2nd (World Autism Awareness Day) kicks off National Autism Awareness Month

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Autism prevalence

Autism has become the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S. with an estimated 15% increase in autism prevalence over the past five years: 1 in 59 children are affected by autism today. An estimated 50,000 adolescents with autism transition to adulthood each year. Raising awareness for individuals on the spectrum aids in improving resources, promoting solutions and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. 

 

During the month of April, I will be sharing information about autism,
it’s history and the resources available for those on the spectrum,
and those who support and love them.

 

 

Sources:

  • Autism Speaks. CDC increases estimate of autism’s prevalence by 15 percent, to 1. 2018.
  • Baio J, Wiggins L, Christensen DL, et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018;67(No. SS-6):1–23.
  • Geiger, Angela. Autism Speaks. 2019.

Since completing my undergraduate studies, I've dedicated my time to supporting and empowering individuals with behavioral health issues. This blog is to be a platform for the behavioral health community; examining the history of behavioral health and the progressions made within the field while providing information and resources to those who need it.

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