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51 Heartbreaking Autism Facts You Must Know

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A Brief Overview of Autism:

Autism is a major developmental disease that affects a child’s capacity to speak and participate in social situations.

Autism spectrum disorder has a negative influence on the neurological system and has a negative influence on the entire cognitive, social, emotional, and physical health of the person who is afflicted.

The extent and intensity of symptoms may be quite variable from person to person. Communication difficulties, trouble with social relations, repetitive behaviors, and obsessive interests are all common signs of autism spectrum disorder, among others.

Early identification, as well as educational, behavioral, and family therapy, may help to alleviate symptoms and promote growth and learning in children with autism.

Facts about Autism that are Worth Knowing

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1. Autism is derived from the Greek word autos, which means “self.” It literally translates as “alone.”

2. “Naughty Auties” is a web resource center for those who have autism spectrum disorders.

3. Autism is more frequent than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, according to the Autism Society of America.

4. Many researchers feel that autism is a mixture of genetic susceptibility and environmental exposure that is activated by some kind of social or environmental toxicity.

5. Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, was the first to use the word “autism,” but he used it to refer to adult schizophrenia. Autism was again defined in 1943 by Leo Kanner (1894-1981), who distinguished it from schizophrenia and therefore established the present understanding of the illness.

6. Autism Spectrum Disorders are about five times more frequent in males (1 in 42) than in females (1 in 189). These disorders have also been recorded across all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as across all socioeconomic classes.

7. Autism has been linked to chromosome 16 mutations. There is a glitch in a DNA area that includes “morpheus” genes, which are genes that have historically altered at a fast pace as humans have progressed through evolution. In other words, the same approach that has assisted in the evolution of human intellect may also be responsible for autism.

8. Certain medicines, heavy metal exposure, chemicals, antibiotics, infections during pregnancy, excessive television watching, flame retardants, etc., are just a few of the environmental conditions that might cause susceptible genes to change and cause autism.

9. According to a research conducted in three states, counties with greater amounts of precipitation had greater incidence of autism than other counties. More precipitation rates may transport more contaminants, cause increased television viewing, and lead to lower vitamin D levels, all of which may contribute to the development of autism.

10. When comparing young children with autism to children without autism, researchers discovered that the amygdala, a part of the brain known as the fear center, was on average 13 percent bigger in the children with autism.

11. In 2008, multiple autistic children from various families were discovered to have been related to a single sperm donor known as “Donor X.”

12. According to recent research, having an older father may raise a child’s likelihood of developing autism. Children born to males over the age of 40 were almost six times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children born to males under the age of 30. The age of the mother seems to have minimal influence on the likelihood of autism.

13. One in every ten incredibly preemie newborns were found to have the autism spectrum disorder. Children who are born more than three months early have an incidence of autism that is twice as high as the predicted rate.

14. Many children with autism have a lower sensitivity to pain, but they may have an increased sensitivity to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation—which may lead to a reluctance to be snuggled or embraced by their parents.

15. Aside from Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rett Syndrome are other conditions that come in the Autism Spectrum group.

16. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every six children in the United States has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism prevalence was estimated to be one in every 10,000 people in the 1980s.

17. The three classic symptoms of autism that may manifest themselves in a newborn as early as infancy include: speech difficulties, poor social relationships, and repetitive behaviour.

18. Children with autism may also be affected by concomitant disorders such as fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, epileptic seizures, learning impairments, Tourette syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD) among others.

19. When it comes to autistic children, scientists are baffled as to why about 20 percent to 30 percent of them acquire epilepsy by the time they reach adulthood.

20. Chelation therapy, which involves the removal of mercury from the body, is a popular alternative treatment for autism, despite the fact that it has not been demonstrated to be a safe or effective treatment for the condition.

21. Rett Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects girls who exhibit autistic characteristics. Because male babies with the condition seldom survive to term, the disease mostly affects females. From 6 to 18 months, development is usual, with the exception of the loss of linguistic and motor milestones.

22. Autistic children and their families are divided on whether autism is an impairment or if they should be regarded as different types of personalities.

23. There is a possibility that certain instances of autism are related with a familial history of manic depression.

24. The findings, which dispel a decade-long debate, show that children with autism have greater rates of constipation and eating disorders (such as repeated eating), but they do not have a greater frequency of gastrointestinal difficulties than typical children.

25. Autism was officially recognized as a special education need in 1991.

26. In the beginning, autism was referred to as “Early Infantile Autism” or “Kanner’s Syndrome.”

27. In households with one autistic kid, the likelihood of having a second child with the disease is roughly 5 percent, or one in every 20 children in the household. This is far higher than the danger for the entire public.

28. Autism testing is recommended when a baby does not babble or coo by 12 months, does not point or wave by 12 months, does not say single words by 16 months, does not say two-word phrases by 24 months, or if a baby loses previously acquired language or social skills at any age.

29. Researchers are baffled as to why males are diagnosed with autism at a higher rate than girls, but some speculate that the issue may be related to the X chromosome, which males only have one copy of, but females have two copies.

30. Infants with early rapid head development were shown to be at increased risk for autism, according to the findings of researchers.

31. Households with autistic children are more likely to divorce than other families. Researchers indicate that ensuring an autistic kid obtains proper healthcare, setting out time for a spouse, and developing a support network with other families of children with autism may all help to reduce stress.

32. If one identical twin is diagnosed with autism, the second identical twin has a roughly 90 percent risk of developing an autism spectrum condition as a result.

33. Mothers who have autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease are at an increased chance of having a child with autism by up to three times.

34. Dogs have been found to increase the quality of life, independence, and safety of children with autism spectrum disorders. The presence of a trained dog may help to lessen violent behavior in children, as well as act as a connection between the kid and the rest of the community.

35. New Jersey has the highest prevalence of autism in the United States, with one in every 45 people being diagnosed with the condition, and one in every 28 males being affected.

36. People with autism are less prone to “catch yawns,” as the expression goes.

37. Approximately 20 percent of the population in the United States still believes that vaccinations cause autism.

38. When it comes to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, drowning is the top cause of mortality.

39. Autistic persons account for around 70 million persons globally.

40. Approximately 1% of patients on the autism spectrum have a mutation in the SHANK3 gene, which is responsible for their condition. Interestingly, as many as one in every eight macaques on a Caribbean island had a gene mutation on the autism-linked SHANK3, which has opened the door to new possibilities for study.

41. While a kid may be diagnosed with autism as early as 18 months of age, the average age at which a kid is diagnosed is 4 years.

42. Autism spectrum condition is currently undetectable or curable medically.

43. Autism spectrum disorder is not caused by parents and cannot be caused by parents. Although the numerous origins of ASD are unknown, it is well established that parental conduct prior to, during, and after pregnancy doesn’t really contribute to the development of ASD.

44. Autism spectrum disorder is not a degenerative condition. Individuals with ASD may progress on an ongoing basis. They are most likely to improve with the provision of specialized, tailored services and chances for supported inclusion.

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45. Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder often have a great deal of empathy but lack the capacity to produce standard empathetic and socially linked behavior spontaneously. Individuals with ASD often want social engagement but lack the capacity to build appropriate social interaction skills spontaneously.

46. Autism spectrum disease costs an average household $60,000 each year. With early detection and management, the cost of lifetime care may be lowered by two-thirds. According to a recent research financed by Autism Speaks, autism costs an average of $1.4 million to $2.4 million over the course of a person’s lifetime.

47. Individuals with autism spectrum condition may be very creative and quickly develop an interest in and skill for music, theatre, painting, singing, and dancing.

48. Hyperlexia, the capacity to read at or above one’s grade level in school, is often associated with autism spectrum condition.

49. Researchers and physicians suspect that men and females may exhibit different symptoms of autism spectrum disease, resulting in many females being misdiagnosed or subject to untimely diagnosis.

50. Each year, around 50,000 persons with autism spectrum disorder graduate from high school in the United States. Numerous services mandated by law come to an abrupt stop after high school.

51. After graduating from high school, 35% of young people with autism spectrum condition do not obtain a career or pursue postgraduate studies.

Sources: 1, 2, 3

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