First let me say Thank you for coming by to hopefully learn more about Autism. Please know I have found all of this information online trying to learn more myself about this Disorder . Disorder not Disease! One thing I have learned is this is effecting more children than we know . I have seen stats saying 1 in 150 kids with be diagnosed to 1 in 110. I wonder how many will never Be diagnosed? Out of stupid shame or just plain ignorance ?
This is some of the places I have learned from. Feel free to add comments to links of more places to learn. Peace
What is Autism?
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other pervasive developmental disorders are PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not
Otherwise Specified), Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
How common is Autism?
Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. There is not established explanation for this increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis three to four times more frequently. Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.
What causes Autism?
The simple answer is we don't know. The vast majority of cases of autism are idiopathic, which means the cause is unknown.
Here is a link to a brochure that has a chart to see signs.
The more complex answer is that just as there are different levels of severity and combinations of symptoms in autism, there are probably multiple causes. The best scientific evidence available to us today points toward a potential for various combinations of factors causing autism – multiple genetic components that may cause autism on their own or possibly when combined with exposure to as yet undetermined environmental factors. Timing of exposure during the child's development (before, during or after birth) may also play a role in the development or final presentation of the disorder.
A small number of cases can be linked to genetic disorders such as Fragile X, Tuberous Sclerosis, and Angelman's Syndrome, as well as exposure to environmental agents such as infectious ones (maternal rubella or cytomegalovirus) or chemical ones (thalidomide or valproate) during pregnancy.
There is a growing interest among researchers about the role of the functions and regulation of the immune system in autism – both within the body and the brain. Piecemeal evidence over the past 30 years suggests that autism may involve inflammation in the central nervous system. There is also emerging evidence from animal studies that illustrates how the immune system can influence behaviors related to autism. Autism Speaks is working to extend awareness and investigation of potential immunological issues to researchers outside the field of autism as well as those within the autism research community.
taken from http://www.autismspeaks.or
here is a link to a blog from a Father of a child dealing with Autism .
I found this statement on his blog I thought should be repeated , read it then go visit his blog.
One aspect of autism awareness events that puzzles me about autism awareness events is the extent to which they don't really raise awareness about the realities of autism disorders. In many cases there will be no mention of the fact that autism disorders are exactly that ... disorders ... diagnostic categories listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. As the father of a son with Autistic Disorder and "profound developmental delays" .... intellectual disability .... I have long been annoyed by the persistent attempts to hide under euphemisms like "profound developmental delay" and under blurred professional terms like "co-morbidity" the obvious fact that Autistic Disorder is actually a form of intellectual disability. I am not just talking about IQ test scores although I am not a member of the trendy IQ scores don''t count crowd. Serious functional impairment in daily life is a real characteristic of Autistic Disorder.
Facing Autism in New Brunswick
Other ]laces to learn about Autism,
places that try to help ...
CAN-TR is the only equine-assisted riding program in Chatham County with NARHA-certified instructors and Physical Therapy that offers hippotherapy, therapeutic riding and mentoring to children and adults with special needs, in an inclusive setting when possible.
We work through a network of farms, which means that there's probably a CAN-TR riding program near you. It's easier than ever to bring the benefits of equine-assisted therapy to your child.