AUTISM FACTS

1.

One in 59 children is diagnosed with autism.

3.

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

5.

Research has indicated there is no evidence that vaccines are linked to autism.

7.

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism who often wander or bolt from caregivers.

2.

New Jersey's autism rate is higher, with 1 in 39 children diagnosed.

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Parents with one child with autism have up to an 18% chance of having a second affected child.

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One third of people with autism are nonverbal, and over 30% have an intellectual disability.

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Children with autism often experience co-occurring mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

10.

Risperidone and Aripiprazole are the only FDA approved medications to treat agitation and irritability associated with autism.

12.

Over 50% of adults with autism do not pursue any follow up healthcare after they stop seeing pediatricians.

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A significant percentage of children with autism engage in self-injurious behaviors including head banging, arm biting, and skin scratching.

9.

Children with autism are more likely to experience epilepsy and gastrointestinal disorders.

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Over 50% of people with autism struggle with chronic sleep problems.

13.

Over 50% of people with autism will never hold a paying job and remain unenrolled in higher education.

References:

Autism Speaks (2019) Autism facts and figures. Retrieved July 13, 2019 from https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-facts-and-figures

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