Who is Affected?
Who can be affected by autism?
In the United States, Autism affects about 1 in 68 children, but they are not the only ones who are directly affected by this disorder. Friends and family of children who are not properly diagnosed or do not receive the proper treatment, will struggle to understand and care for the child in the appropriate way. Frustrations stem from not being able to communicate, which is why it is so important to learn a different way of viewing the world. The chance is high that you either know someone who has been diagnosed with autism, or know someone who has been affected by the condition.
At what age are people generally diagnosed?
Children can be diagnosed with autism as early as 2 years of age. In some cases, children can be diagnosed into their teenage years.
Does autism worsen or improve as a child grows into adulthood?
Without proper treatment, the condition will worsen in terms of the gap between a child’s mental, cognitive & physical development. The child has the best chance of growing & learning properly when they are diagnosed and undergo continuous treatment as they age.