Data and statistics says: About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). in addition ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than girls ( 1 in 189) Although there has been research and testings they have not been able to figure out why autism is on the rise and what the cause may be. Some have speculated that it is a mixture of genetics and environmental factors. “Statistics also shows that ASD-commonly co-occurs with other developmental psychiatric, neurological, Chromosomal and genetic diagnoses. The Co-occurrence of one or more non ASD developmental diagnoses is 83%. The co-occurrence of one or more psychiatric diagnoses is 10 %. Although many would love to know how to prevent autism or “cure” it, we have learned that it’s best to try and treat autism early. Here are some early steps you can take when you suspect your child may have autism.
- Get them evaluated early The earlier the better. it is easier to shape a child’s mind early than later in life. Get your child tested and evaluated and also get a second and third opinion if need be.
- Get services This part can be very VERY difficult. ABA (applied behavioral analysis) has been proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. However, not only is there a shortage of therapist trained in ABA but also ABA services are very expensive. If it is not covered by your insurance you may find yourself stuck wondering what to do or where to go for help. Not only that but these organizations that receive donations to help with autism mostly use the money for research instead of funding for ABA therapy. Nevertheless you should do your research to try to find help for ABA services.
- Consider art therapy We will touch more on our art therapy at a later date but art therapy has been proven to significantly help children with Autism and other disorders. Now that Stacie Laurell Crafts are switching our focus towards providing art therapy & art supplies to children and adults with autism we are dedicated to providing art therapy kits as well as literature, resources and vital information on Autism. It is important to know that many children have overcome Autism with therapy and help. It is possible! so never give up 🙂
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