A Common Diagnosis?
Autism is a diagnosis every parent worries about.While this condition was practically unheard of twenty years ago, itβs an increasingly prevalent diagnosis. www.socialworkdegreeguide.com has created an infographic entitled βA Common Diagnosis?β detailing the emergence of autism, along with the startling facts behind it.
From the year 2000 to today, weβve seen a dramatic increase in autism diagnosis.Back in 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with autism. In 2006, 1 in 110 children were given an autism diagnoses, and today, that number has increased to 1 in 88 children - 1 in 54 boys are diagnosed, and 1 in 252 girls.
Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in children. Hereβs a look to how autism compares to other diagnosed disabilities:
Disability - Percent change, 1997-2008
- Any developmental disability - +17.1%
- ADHD - +33%
- Autism - +289.5%
- Blind/unable to see at all - +18.2%
- Moderate to profound hearing loss - -30.9%
- Learning disability - +5.5%
- Intellectual disability - -1.5%
- Seizures, past 12 months - +9.1%
- Stuttered or stammered, past 12 months - +3.1%
- Other developmental delay - +24.7%
Autism is a range of neurodevelopment disorders that manifests as social impairments, communication problems and repetitive, compulsive behaviors.Early signs may include a lack of eye contact, poor responsiveness, and delayed speech development.
An Autism diagnosis may spell financial hardships for a family.In fact, a child with autism may require six times as much medical care as a child without autism. But this disorder isnβt the most serious cause for concern. There are many other diseases and conditions that can prove to be more dangerous-sometimes, even fatal:
- Asthma: 3,404 annual deaths
- Allergies: 700 annual deaths
- Obesity: 300,000 annual deaths
- Diabetes: 231,404 annual deaths
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