Why must we always make so many exceptions for you? I understand you have sensitivities, but come on. Now I'm a jerk if I want to go to a nice restaurant and enjoy some peace and quiet? This doesn't seem fair, does it? I just wish someone would think of my comfort for once.
Tired of Accommodating Everyone
I hear you. I do. I just don't give a damn. I accommodate the hell out of the world all day long when I bear the overwhelming smells, sights, sounds and ridiculously confusing social norms. Furthermore, I am little and you are big, so in the words of the great Frank Herbert:
"If wishes were fishes we'd all cast nets."
I've been around for years longer than you and autism seems to be the flavor of the week, so to speak. When I was growing up you rarely heard about autism. Don't you think that we are going a little overboard diagnosing every "difficult" child with autism? In my day, we would have called you brats and left it at that.
Rather than looking critically at the number of diagnoses surrounding us, use that analytical mind of yours and do some serious autism research for me. Start with some parenting blogs and move on to some current peer-reviewed studies on the subject. Then we can talk.
"Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance."
-George Bernard Shaw
I swear, if I hear the word "autism" one more time, I am going to explode.
Dear Balloon Knot,
Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism.
"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."
-Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
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According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, 1 in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, based on health and education records. That figure represents a significant increase from previous prevalence estimates, released in 2012, which estimated that 1 in 88 have an ASD. A separate CDC report issued in 2013 found that 1 in 50 school-age children have an ASD, but that study relied on parental report, rather than official records.
Autism is roughly five times more common in boys than girls, according to CDC estimates. One in 42 boys have been identified with autism, compared to 1 in 189 girls.
According to the NIH, early indicators include: No babbling by age 1, no single words by 16 months, poor eye contact and more. (Click here for more information from NIH.)
According to the NIMH, both genetic and environmental factors could contribute.
Autism is treated with therapy, education plans and medication. Doctors and scientists say that early identification and intervention for children with an ASD can help them thrive in academically and socially in the future.
Even when multiple vaccines are given to a child on the same day, they are still not at risk of developing autism.
Studies have also shown that if a child with an ASD has an identical twin, the other will be affected anywhere from 36-95 percent of the time.
Children whose language skills regress before they turn 3 have been found to have a higher risk of developing epilepsy.
These disorders include Bipolar Disorder, Fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends children be screened when the are 9, 18 and 24-30 months.
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