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Just in case you missed it on the news, the CDC released new findings last week on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the US. The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 88 children are now found to be along the spectrum, with the figure higher for boys (1 in 54) vs. girls (1 in 252). The overall index indicates a significant rise in this group of disorders since the year 2000 when it was estimated that about 1 in 150 children had some type of ASD. There are numerous theories and speculation about the increase including better diagnosis, the risk factors and even if the current definition of ASD is too broad. In any case, the release of the findings shed more light and public awareness on this disability. Here is a great resource for reviewing the 10 Early Warning Signs for Autism which include poor eye contact, delayed speech, and unusual or repetitive body movements. As always, early identification and early intervention make for the best possible outcome for any child with this diagnosis. As April is Autism Awareness Month and today (April 2, 2012) is World Autism Awareness Day, let us know what you are doing in your community for recognition and support.