With Autism Rates Up, Experts Renew Call for Early Intervention

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2004
With Autism Rates Up, Experts Renew Call for Early Intervention
5
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 10:35pm

(CBS/AP) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest autism report shows rates of the disorder are on the rise, up 23 percent from the previous estimate. The news has sparked experts to advise parents they should learn the signs that may signal a problem with their child's development, because the earlier the intervention, the better.

Complete Coverage of Latest Developments in Autism
10 early warning signs of autism

The CDC's latest numbers are based on 2008 data from 14 states. The new rate is nearly twice as high than

Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002

Speaking as an adult with Asperger's, I hope people understand: being dxed on the autism spectrum is not always a death sentence.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003

One of my friends DH is aspergers. He went to college has a great job as a computer tech yes he can be a tad annoying but can't we all...Its harder on his wife sometimes because he can be like a second kid, but so can't must DH at times too. I think people jump to conclusions when they were autism and automatically think of the kid in the corner rocking back and forth unable to speak. Yes that is many parents reality but not everyones. I think my own child falls on that scale somewhere. I decided not to seek the diagnosis because there isn't anything more the school would do and it would just be yet another label.

I do think the increase is more a cause of better diagnosis and more awareness. I also expect the numbers to rise with the health care law. People who didn't have access to health care now do. I know in a news report I heard on this they mention a rise in african american and hispanic communities and I really wonder how much of that is just better access to health care. Clearly the kid with the classic autistic signs is not going to go through life undiagnosied. A non verbal kid is going to raise anyone radar but the high functioning kids how many of them went undiagnosed before. A white middle and upper class family where everyone is keeping up with the Jones when Johnny seems to behind everyone else kid in the playgroup parents run to the pedi but in poorer communities its much different.

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
The one thing I did not like about the report was the disconnection b/w rise in diagnosis and cause.. I wonder if some of the children getting diagnosed are by default, Autism isn't just that child who stares off into space and its apparently grown to include so much more nowadays.... I often wonder if my DD's condition is a type of autism, She has never been formally tested and the dx on her IEP is a generic learning disability without a specific condition attached to it!

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2004
You are an amazing person Beth! Go YOU! :) That is so wonderful and encouraging to read.

Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2004
I have wondered how many children are diagnosed w/ Autism and don't have it. It might be b/c things are more pronounced now but I don't remember there being so many children w/ LDs when I was a child as there are now.

Photobucket