When the topic comes on mental disabilities, the world is highly concerned about one neuropsychiatric disorder, and that is autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data report of 2008, 1 out of 88 children was with ASD or autism, but as per the last CDC report of 2010, it was 1 out of 68 in U.S.
Current state of autism:
The CDC report was not published after 2010. But not only in U.S, autism is now spread from first world to the third world countries. Although the CDC report was not published after 2010, but it was reported that this disorder, with the neurological and behavioral impairments, is seen in 1 out of every 50 school children in the U.S.
Important things to note down:
Today is Autism Awareness day. So, here we will point out some important things on autism to make people and parents aware of it.
As a little bit of discussion was on the current ratio of autistic children and the normal ones, few important things I want to let people notice to make them aware of ASD on this Autism Awareness day.
- The rate of autism is increasing 14% per year around the world.
- 91% of total deaths in U.S between the year 2009 and 2011 was reported due to accidental drowning of autistic children.
- Autism is treatable, but incurable still now. The reason is autism is purely genetic with more than 500 genetic variants.
- Autism should be diagnosed on or before the age of three to avoid its severity at the later stage.
These four things are important to know, to understand why the issue of autism is becoming vital day by day.
The last point among those four was about the diagnosis. Diagnosis of autism is totally based on the behavioral norms of the suspected individuals. The children and the adults are likely to have autism if they are with:
- Non-verbal communication
- No eye contact
- Language disability
- Stereotyped behavior
- Repetitive behavior
But on this Autism Awareness Day, I want to share that autism diagnosis has been evolved with diagnosis of clinical parameter recently. MAR test or Maternal Antibody Related Autism diagnosis is nothing but a blood test to diagnose autism.
This test (MAR) can help a mother know whether her child is going to have autism or not when the baby is in her womb.
How to treat autism:
So, after autism is diagnosed, we have to go for the treatment. We may not cure autism, but what we can do is, we can treat autism. Early diagnosis and early treatment may not heal, but can reduce the symptoms. Researchers and scientists have revealed several matters to treat autism, but a real implementation of these discoveries to treat autism is at very minimal stage.
How can YOU help individuals with autism?
Yes, even you can contribute to the improvement in the lives of autistic individuals. And what better time would you get to help them, than April, the Autism Awareness month? Thinking how you can help? Well, your financial contribution can really help an individual with autism, or a family with an autistic child. Expenses of families with autistic children are often quite high, owing to treatments, therapies, hotel stays, travel costs and many other factors. Your donation can lighten the burden of financial expenditure for families with autistic children or adults. There are several organizations that are committed to aid autism, and they welcome people to make donations to help individuals with autism.
Coming to autism treatment, we should not stick with only the behavioral interventions and language therapy, but we should also go for ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) to aid autism. Apart from treatments and therapies, it is important for the world to increase their awareness and education about autism. That would make things a bit easier for autistic individuals and their families.