The United States has been celebrating Autism Awareness Month in April since the 1970’s. The primary focus is to develop autism awareness, acceptance and education.
There are a number of biomedical treatments for the treatment of autism, including the use of supplements, implementing a gluten-free diet and immune system regulation. During Autism Awareness Month, parents of children with autism can participate in local or national educational programs to learn more about how to manage and organize medications for their child.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) statistics sourced from the CDC:
- ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
- About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.
- Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other will be affected about 36-95% of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other is affected about 0-31% of the time.
- Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
- It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD.
- Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having ASD.
See more information ASD statistics on the CDC website.