Developmental Disabilities on the Rise in U.S.
Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are on the rise in the U.S., with one in six children now having these or other developmental disabilities, according to new figures from the CDC. Read more.
Study shows sharp rise in early autism diagnoses (USA Today)
More children aged 3 and younger are now being treated for autism in Massachusetts, a new study finds. One in 129 children in Massachusetts born between 2001 and 2005 was enrolled in early intervention programs for an autism spectrum disorder by their third birthday, according to the study. Read more.
Autism: a mother’s labour of love (UK)
Lorna Wing can recall the exact moment she realised that her daughter, Susie, was different. They were on a train, sitting opposite another mother and baby, also around six months old. The other child pointed at things through the window, glancing back at his mother to check her attention. It was, explains Wing, something that Susie never did. “A cold chill settled over me and I became very worried,” she says. Read more.
Autism Changes the Roll of Grandparents (Autism Keys)
A groundbreaking survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) paints a picture of grandparents assuming a larger role in the lives of their grandchildren with autism. They are often the first to suspect that a child may have autism and once diagnosed they, have their own struggles in coming to terms with it. Some are resilient, while others confess to having a hard time moving through their grief. Read more.
Be wary of questionnaire intended to detect autism (Staten Island, N.Y.)
The Journal of Pediatrics has just released the results of a study that reports on the use of a screening questionnaire that is able to identify early signs of autism and other developmental disorders in children as young as 12 months of age. Read more.