Autism statistics are staggering - one in 110 children is diagnosed and a new autism questionnaire to predict whether babies may develop autism has just been developed.
While we do not have all the answers about what causes autism yet, this new autism questionnaire is definitely a step in the right direction. The sooner an autism questionnaire can help determine whether a child will develop autism the sooner intervention can start, and ultimately the autism questionnaire will help a child to live a more "normal" life.
What is autism?
According to AutismSpeaks.org autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).
The other pervasive developmental disorders are PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism is a spectrum condition which affects everything from speech, motor skills and social skills. People with autism may need constant care or can have a condition known as Asperger's which makes them very high functioning in one particular area. The autism questionnaire that was just developed can help make life easier for those with autism because the condition may be helped at an earlier age.
Recently, the Journal of Pediatrics published a new autism questionnaire that doctors can use to determine whether a baby may develop autism.
The sooner autism is diagnosed, the sooner intervention can begin and the outcome is much better for the child. Autism is treatable in most instances and with early intervention, such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA), children can grow up with few outward signs of autism.
The Washington Post just published an article with more information on this new autism questionnaire.
Posted by +Pat Wyman, author and founder of HowToLearn.com