According to Autism Speaks, Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. The 2012 numbers reflect a 78% increase in reported prevalence in the last 6 years. This is a growing problem, impacting more and more families each year.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that the signs, symptoms and severity can vary, making this difficult to diagnose and sometimes treat. Yet through therapy, children with Autism can learn to function and communicate as independently as possible at home, school and with their peers. The following from WebMD discusses the vital role Occupational Therapy plays in helping those with Autism.
This Saturday, April 2nd, is World Autism Day. Take the pledge to Light it Up Blue for Autism.