Autism affects 1 in 151 girls and 1 in 37 boys.
Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
It can be detected as early as age 2, though most children are diagnosed after age 4.
About two-thirds of children between 6 and 15 with autism have been bullied.
Genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases, though there are other risk factors, such as children born to older parents.
Experts emphasize the importance of early intervention, including Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech and occupational therapy.
If you’re looking to learn more about autism, the library is a great place to be. Here are a few of the materials we own on the topic:
Autism is a World (DVD): A short documentary about Sue Rubin, who is autistic. In Sue’s own words, this documentary film takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, her daily world, and her life with autism.
The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes by Susan Delaine
Could It Be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps by Nancy Wiseman: This guide by the founder and president of First Signs, Inc. provides parents with vital information so they can recognize developmental delays and begin intervention as early as possible.
Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant: An internationally acclaimed expert views autism not as a disability but as a unique way of being human.