In March 2022, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 44 children in the U.S. are impacted by autism. This statistic reflects only those cases that have been diagnosed. Many other cases likely go undiagnosed. Based on these metrics, it is clear that the prevalence of autism in America is cause for concern.
Early child development is a complex and long-studied process that includes the identification of developmental “milestones” for specific age ranges that indicate whether infants and toddlers are developing at the same rate as their peers. Missing critical developmental milestones should not be overlooked because these “misses” may represent initial indicators of a developmental delay or disability such as autism.
It is important that parents collaborate with their child’s pediatrician to identify autism and other developmental disabilities or delays as early as possible – and initiate ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) as soon as possible – to ensure the child has the opportunity to learn key skills that typically develop very early in life.