Autism Facts & Stats:
- Autism now affects 1 in 50 children
- Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
- About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
- Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
- The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
- Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, ADHD, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and inflammation and more…
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
- A 2008 Danish Study found that the mortality risk among those with autism was nearly twice that of the general population
- Children with autism do progress and recover– early intervention is key
- Autism is treatable. It is not a hopeless condition.
- Most researchers do agree that environmental factors play a role, though there is no one cause of autism identified by mainstream science.
- In identical twins who share the exact same genetic code, if one has autism, the other twin also has autism in nearly 9 out of 10 cases suggesting a genetic weakness.
- A review of the world’s medical literature suggests that underlying biochemical abnormalities are likely involved in environmental susceptibilities and the development of autism including mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, inflammation, oxidative stress, methylation problems, transsulfuration issues and toxicity.
- According to officials at the National Institutes of Health, while there is most likely a genetic predisposition, there must also be an environmental component to autism. The rapid rise in the rate of autism over the last 20 years cannot be attributed solely to genetics.