Information courtesy of CNN.com.

According to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder — up from 1 in 88 in 2012.  Autism continues to be much more common in boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189).

The report also points out that, while autism can be diagnosed as early as age 2, the average age of diagnosis is age 4.  Research shows that the earlier you treat children with autism, the bigger impact you can have on IQ and overall functioning.  That’s why St. Joseph’s Villa provides Early Autism Services for children ages 2 to 5 with a medical diagnosis of autism.  We are committed to working with the families of children with autism to help them develop critical thinking and social skills needed for school, home and community engagement.  Click here to learn more about the program. 

Read the complete article on CNN.com, or watch the video below for Temple Grandin’s story.

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