Report Illuminates ASD and Co-Occurring Conditions It’s well-known that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 68 children in the U.S.—but did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for children with autism? Or that 50,000 teens age out of school-based ASD services each year? Or that studies suggest that from ... News in Brief
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Report Illuminates ASD and Co-Occurring Conditions
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Report Illuminates ASD and Co-Occurring Conditions
The ASHA Leader, September 2017, Vol. 22, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.22092017.10
The ASHA Leader, September 2017, Vol. 22, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.22092017.10
It’s well-known that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 68 children in the U.S.—but did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for children with autism? Or that 50,000 teens age out of school-based ASD services each year? Or that studies suggest that from 54 to 70 percent of people with ASD have at least one other mental health condition?
These figures are part of “Autism and Health: Advances in Understanding and Treating the Health Conditions that Frequently Accompany Autism,” a 2017 report from the national advocacy organization Autism Speaks.
The 35-page report includes general information about ASD, as well as information on ASD and six health conditions: epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, disrupted sleep, eating/feeding issues, mental health and premature death. Each section includes information on the prevalence of the condition in people with ASD, recognizing symptoms in people with ASD, diagnosing and treating the condition along with ASD, and research. The report also includes links to dozens of resources.
An additional section includes facts and figures about ASD related to prevalence, causes, screening and diagnosis, intervention and support, associated challenges (intellectual disability, wandering behavior, self-injurious behaviors), associated medical and mental health conditions, demands on families, ASD in adulthood, economic costs and research funding.
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