With the advent of April, the Autism Awareness Month has also started. The world had observed the annual World Autism Awareness Day last April 2.
Autism spectrum disorder, a neuro-developmental disorder, is characterized by several communication challenges, whether verbal or non-verbal, or propensity for repetitive behavior, and social interaction.
Every patient of ASD responds to things, situations, learning, and paying attention in their own unique way. Some of the telltale signs of ASD can be detected in infants as early as 18-month-old or even younger and also in adults.
- The statistics of National Autism Association show boys have five times more risk of suffering from autism than girls. Autism affects one in 68 children, one in 42 boys, according to the report of National Autism Association. In simpler terms, 60,000 children who are 12-year old in the United States possess a strong possibility of being autistic.
- According to the health experts, no known medical cure for autism exists. The National Autistic Society said that even though there is no possible cure for ASD, this simply doesn’t mean we cannot help a person suffering with autism. Experts say the best way to help a child or adult in his/her ability to function in society is intervention.
- Health experts say there is no known cause for autism. It is a complex type of neuro-developmental disorder in which no two persons have the same kind of severity or symptoms.
- There is a common misconception that autism is caused by vaccination. Contrary to this popular belief, health experts say vaccination does not cause or even increase the autism risk.
- The diagnosis of ASD is often difficult. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there is no standard medical technique, such as blood testing, for the diagnosis of ASD. This is all because of its complexity.
- According to the experts, the patients of ASD communicate in their own way.
There are many prominent names in the history who have showed similar behavioral patterns of autism. Some of them are Albert Einstein, Hans Christian Andersen, Thomas Jefferson, Nicola Tesla, Andy Warhol, Charles Darwin, Mozart and Sir Isaac Newton.