Six Facts You Need to Know About Autism
“One thing the data tells us with certainty—there are many children and families who need help,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden in a statement. “We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders, because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children.”
Early diagnosis is on the increase, and key to the ultimate success of interventions and treatments, the report finds. More effort should go into early diagnosis, said Coleen Boyle, director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: “Unfortunately, 40 percent of the children in this study aren’t getting a diagnosis until after age four. We are working hard to change that.”
A Day in the Life: Raising a Child with Autism
If parents are concerned that their child may have an ASD, the CDC recommends three steps to take:
- Talk to your child’s doctor about your concerns.
- Call your local early intervention program or school system for an assessment.
- Remember you do not need a diagnosis to access services for your child.
This article first appeared on Parents.com.