Parental Education - Rosalin Child Development and Rehabilitation Centre

Facts about Autism

  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States/World.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
  • April is World Autism Month
  • Half of children identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder have average or above-average intelligence.
  • In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day.
  • As part of April 2nd, Autism Speaks started the global autism awareness initiative called Light It Up Blue.
  • There is currently no medical test to detect autism or a cure.
  • About 25 percent of individuals with autism are nonverbal
  • Dr. Leo Kanner was the first to describe autism in 1943.
  • There are five types of autism-spectrum disorders: Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.
  • You can see the signs of autism in infants as young as six months
  • About 1% of the world population has autism.
  • Individuals with autism who need therapy should be seen on a case-by-case basis. Although some therapies are debated today some of the most universal therapies that are helping today are Occupational and Speech therapy.
  • Other therapies currently suggested to help individuals with autism include: Music therapy, Visual Schedules, Sensory Integration therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
  • Although therapies are pivotal for individuals with autism, other things such as a healthy diet and daily exercise are seen as ways to help them progress.
  • Autism is NOT caused by bad parenting. But symptoms aggravate by bad parenting.
  • 1 in 158, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism in the India.