As per reports, it has been revealed that children suffering from autism have increased to a significant level in US. It has been found that the number of autistic children has doubled in last five years. According to a new government statistics, it has been found that one in 88 children suffer from autism.
This is the reason that the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested that children should be screened for autism between 18 months and two years. Parents have also been recommended that they should observe the behavior of their child and if they find any difference in the behavior of their children, then they should contact their doctor.
Some of the common symptoms of autism are difficulty in speaking and refraining from having eye contact with others, avoiding social interaction with others. Dr. Susan Hyman of the American Academy of Pediatrics has affirmed that parents’ continuous assessment helps early diagnosis of autism.
The parents of Cristina Astacio were able to detect such changes. Cristina Astacio was 18 months old, but did not talk as much as others of the same age used to talk. Her parents then took her to doctor and found that Chritina has been suffering from mild form of autism.
Early diagnosis will help her parents to start timely treatment. Experts said that though the treatment can not cure the disease completely, its therapies can make child perform better.
“The autism spectrum is so vast, and all of our children are different. Many of them don't rock back and forth or have savant skills. They are sweet, affectionate, intelligent, goofy — and exhausting — kids”, said experts from CDC.
It is very important for the government to raise awareness among parents about autism as the condition is not taxing for parents, but for the economy as well.