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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1 in 68 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and that nearly 60,000 U.S. 12 year olds likely has some form of Autism.
Thirty years ago, that number was 1 in 2,500 children.
Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain and is typically diagnosed within the first few years of life. It can be associated with intellectual disabilities, social interaction difficulties, and repetitive behaviors.
For decades researchers have attributed ASD to the environment, aging parents, or illness during pregnancy. There are those who also blame vaccinations.
However, in a recent study, Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there is now evidence that autism happens prior to birth while the brain is still developing.
Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be challenging and stressful for families.
April is Autism Awareness Month.
Appearing on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder and ways to help those with Autism and their families find support and resources are Dr. Michael Fueyo, Medical Director at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Nina Wall, Director of the Bureau of Autism Services with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
If you want to learn more about Philhaven's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) go to http://www.philhaven.org/ProgramsandServices/CenterforAutismandDevelopmentalDisabilities.aspx
For information on Pennsylvania services available for individuals with Autism go to www.paautism.org or call 1-877-231-4244.
Dr. Michael Fueyo & Nina Wall
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