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Autism is incurable, right? People say it is a lifelong condition. An irreversible brain disorder. A tragedy. According to many, anyone who says otherwise is promoting "false hope." There is just one problem with this point of view: it is not true. Autism does not have to be a life sentence and there is no such thing as "false hope."  "Raun K Kaufman" 

Autism is a developmental disability that typically involves delays and impairment in social skills, language, and behavior. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it affects people differently. Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be devastating to some parents, but for others it can be a relief to have a label for their child’s symptoms. The diagnosis is important because it can open the doors to many services, and help parents learn about treatments that have benefited similar children. 
 
Autism appears to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but it is generally unclear which genetic and which environmental factors are important.
The most important point we want to make is that individuals with autism have the potential to grow and improve. Contrary to what you may hear from out-of-touch professionals or read in old books, autism is treatable. 
 
It is important to find effective services, treatments, and education for individuals with autism as soon as possible. The earlier these individuals receive appropriate treatment, the better their prognosis (though it is never too late to improve overall quality of life). 
Their progress through life may be slower than others, but they can still live happy and productive lives with appropriate support.
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According to BCBA Practice Guidelines, the successful remediation of core deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the development or 
restoration of abilities, documented in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies published over the past 50 years, has made ABA the standard of care for the treatment of ASD.
 
About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births.
Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014) Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)
 
"The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It's like being in a play; I'm always in a play." - Temple Grandin

One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for someone with autism, whether a child or an adult, is the inability to understand what it is really like for him or her. Autism is a condition that can be isolating for the person who has it, and the symptoms are tough to understand from the outside. Children with autism love you and they need your love. They are smart, creative and happy and can bring immense joy to your life. 
Being emotionally strong and having scientific knowledge allow you to be the best parent you can be to your loved one in need. When you are looking after an individual with autism, taking care of yourself is a necessity and not an act of selfishness.

 
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