AUTISM IS A DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS FOR FAMILIES. THERE IS NO ONE TREATMENT FOR AUTISM AND MANY TREATMENTS ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. ONE IN EVERY 50 CHILDREN IN THE U.S. HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM.
MORE CHILDREN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM THIS YEAR THAN AIDS, DIABETES AND CANCER COMBINED. AUTISM IS A LIFE-LONG DISABILITY THAT AFFECTS EACH INDIVIDUAL UNIQUELY.
How to identify Autism:
Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, ranging, for example, from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back-and-forth conversation; to reduced sharing of interests, emotions, or affect; to failure to initiate or respond to social interactions.
Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, ranging, for example, from poorly integrated verbal and nonverbal communication; to abnormalities in eye contact and body language or deficits in understanding and use of gestures; to a total lack of facial expressions and nonverbal communication.
Deficits in developing, maintaining, and understand relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers.