First, take the time to familiarize yourself with the Statistics under Get Educated. As you can see the number of newly diagnosed cases is staggering. Even more alarming to me, and a clear call to action:
Costs of lifelong care, currently $90 billion annually and estimated to be $200-$400 billion in ten years, can be reduced by two-thirds with early diagnosis and intervention.
Studies further show that:
- About one third of parents of children with ASD noticed a problem before their child’s first birthday.
- 80% saw problems by 24 months.
- A diagnosis of autism at age two can be reliable, valid, and stable.
- The median age of earliest ASD diagnosis is between 4.5 and 5.5 years.
Despite evidence that ASDs can often be identified at around 18 months; most children do not receive final diagnoses until much older. The main reason is because parents are in denial, overwhelmed, unsupported by their pediatricians—often feeling powerless, helpless and confused.
Parents, it is up to you to make a difference in the outcome of your child’s prognosis. Alleviate Autism is committed to changing these statistics by supporting your need to be validated, empowered and guided to make the right choices in the observation, diagnosis and early treatment for your autistic, or potentially autistic, child.
Get the information and support you need today to help your child. Sign up today to receive your free alleviateautism.com e-newsletter. You will find effective action steps to help your child, and you will get a preliminary pre-screening checklist to help you observe and record your child’s behavior.
Sign up today for my free workshop on February 8, 2012. You will be provided with clear, concise steps you need to take NOW to provide your child with his or her best outcome. Don’t wait another day. Let’s change the statistics of lifelong care today—one child at a time— starting with yours.