A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 1 in 68 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. That would mean out of three kindergarten classes, one child in has this disorder, and chances are, the parents do not even know yet.
A child with an autism spectrum disorder needs unique educational and social practices. Those practices are only effective with the correct teaching methods and necessary funding. In the last two years, there has been a 30% increase in this disorder. If you do not think these numbers are going to continue to increase, you’re irrational.
The study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provided statistics stating that half of the children with this disorder, have an IQ above 85, meaning most of these children have at least an average intellectual ability. But if the Autism Spectrum Disorder is never discovered in the child, that average intellectual ability can become below average, along with other difficulties that go hand in hand with the disorder.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifetime disorder, a disorder that is not covered by Medicaid. The families who are lucky enough to both discover the disorder and afford the proper care to treat it, are not facing three of the major problems with this disorder. Some families are not discovering the disorder, not discovering the disorder early enough, or they flat out just cannot afford to treat the disorder. How can Medicaid, such a large health care program, not include treatment for a disorder that 1 in 68 children are developing? How can are country not provide the proper funding toz give families the proper knowledge to detect this disorder?
Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist who diagnoses and treats children with autism said, “We need to continue our efforts to educate the health care community and general public to recognize the developmental problems associated with ASD and other developmental disorders at earliest age possible, so that intervention can be initiated, bad habits can be avoided and families will know what’s wrong with their child”.
We the people have the ability to spread knowledge very efficiently. So instead of sharing videos of cats chasing bouncy balls, fights from worldstarhiphop, and smokeshows from barstool, lets start sharing knowledge that will not only benefit you (the individual), but this entire planet.
Please visit: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism for more information on the Autism Spectrum Disorder