Understanding Autism

Local Happenings Magazine
April-May 2015 Edition
Linda Haymes, PhD, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Graduate School of Education

As new cases of autism continue to explode, efforts to understand the condition in childhood is on a rapid growth.

To help augment this understanding, April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month, which provides a perfect platform to review some important facts about autism and how it impacts our daily lives.

Think about this – in 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the rate of children with ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, was 1 in 150. Four years later, that rate increased to 1 in 125 and in 2008, the rate changed again to 1 in 88.

Are you ready for this? Just last year, in 2014, the rate of children identified nationally with ASD jumped to 1 in 68. These numbers are alarming, no doubt.

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