Autism Prevalence Numbers: 1 in 68 Children Affected with ASD
The CDC reports that autism affects 1 in 68 individuals under 21 living in the U.S.; for the hundreds of thousands of people who have, or are now living with autism, the pressing needs are for support, education, and health care. The lack of training infrastructure for professionals who might help this population as it ages, and the urgent need for evidence-based treatments adversely affect millions of Americans. These shortcomings are acute in terms of early intervention as well as in treatments for symptoms, and the challenges experienced by adults.
Because so many research studies now demonstrate complex genetic/environmental (epigenetic) interactions as causal, it is imperative that the Federal government fund investigation of the environmental aspects in order to protect the health and future opportunities for generations to come.
Video: Diagnosis Matters - Pamela Compart, M.D.
While making an accurate diagnosis of autism is important, it is also critical to look for other associated conditions that may require specific therapies. These can include medical conditions that can cause or mimic symptoms of autism as well as conditions such as verbal dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, or severe feeding issues which may require very specific types of testing and/or therapy. This talk will focus on clues in a child's history that indicate a need for further medical work-up or referral for specific testing or therapies. Details about different types of testing and therapies and when and why they are indicated will also be covered.