New Prevalence Rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Time for Autism Awareness Month

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.

Ribbon Cutting at Jackson Autism Center

Jackson Autism Center is proud to announce our ribbon cutting will correspond with Autism Awareness Month! Please join us Thursday, April 3 at 10:30 am for our ribbon cutting and open house. I can not think of a better way to start off April and Autism Awareness month than by celebrating one of the few centers in Mississippi focused on improving lives of individuals with autism and other related disabilities. I am looking forward to continuing to serve families in Mississippi who are affected by autism. Check back daily in April to read positive stories about autism, receive tips for daily living, and other helpful information.