How many kids are on the autism spectrum? According to the CDC, 1 in 68…with boys 1 in 42 and girls 1 in 189! This is an increase from 1 in 166 in 2000. You can read more about this increase here.
What are a few early signs that parents should be looking for?
- Atypical eye gaze- may look at you, but not as often or as long as other children
- Impaired social interaction- seems more engaged with toys than with people
- Language challenges- may not hit talking milestones, repeating what is said to him/her, or may not understand all that is being said around him/her
- Intense interests
- Sensory integration challenges
- Behavioral challenges- may have meltdowns for no apparent reason.
These are just a few and just because your child shows a few of these signs does not mean that he/she has an autism spectrum disorder. If you are concerned, talk to your pediatrician or schedule an appointment.