Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is not a specific diagnosis. It is the general term for a group of disorders that hinder the brain development of a child. These disorders make it difficult for a child to learn, deal with social situations, communicate, and practice normal behavioral patterns. Prior to 2013, all disorders ranging from Asperger’s Syndrome to Autism were classified individually. With the newest classifications, every subset is now classified under the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Each of the subclassifications share common symptoms, but no two cases of ASD are ever alike. With 1:68 children being diagnosed with ASD each year, it is important to have access to the most reliable autism resources available.
Studies have shown that diagnosis of ASD is increasing at a steady rate. Experts state that the rise in diagnosis is due in part to better testing and awareness at early ages. As for the link to the environment, genetics, and vaccine use, the research is still being completed. There are strong correlations to gene mutations, environmental factors, and familial genetics to ASD, but no definitive cause(s) have been produced. What experts do know is that males are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than females.
Every individual that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder will have their own unique experience. Some individuals will have incredibly rare talents in music, arts, mathematics, etc., while others have severe trouble in social situations or with normal means of communication. Some people are also incredibly high functioning and can live on their own, while others are disabled to the point where they are unable to live without constant supervision. Just as no two cases of ASD are the same, all interventional therapy should be completed on an individual basis.
It is important that parents and family members of those that fall within ASD find the right autism resources to help them better cope with the diagnosis. Contact Normal Life, Inc. to find out how our resources can improve the lives of all members of a family that are affected by ASD.