April is Autism Awareness Month: What parents need to know

carsDid you know …

  • Ten years ago, autism’s estimated prevalence was 1 in 166. Today it’s 1 in 68 – an increase of more than 100% in one decade.
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 per year on average. The cost of autism across a lifetime averages $1.4 million to $2.4 million.

For any parent, these statistics are alarming. But, what is autism, exactly?

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a set of complex — and frequently misunderstood — disorders of brain development. According to a recently published article