Methuen Police Light it Up Blue for Autism

                  Methuen Police Light it Up Blue for Autism!

                        Autism Facts from the National Autism Association

*Autism now affects 1 in 68 children
*Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
*About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
*Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
*The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
*Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation.
*Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
*A 2008 Danish Study found that the mortality risk among those with autism was nearly twice that of the general population
**Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key
***Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition