Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a bio-neurological developmental disability that is typically detected in children before the age of 3. A 2012 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 1 in 88 U.S children is diagnosed with autism by age 8. This rate has risen significantly since the 2006 study that estimated 1 in 110 children had autism.
Additionally, boys are nearly five times (4. 7 percent) more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, averaging 1 in 54 versus 1 in 252 for girls. With the percentage of people affected by autism rising, funding is still low, and an effective treatment or cure still has not been discovered.
Although autism does not generally lead to death in itself, the mortality risk for those with autism is nearly double that of the general population due to accidents and eloping. Because autism affects communication skills and cognitive functions, children with autism who elope often have trouble speaking and communicating when found, according to the National Autism Association. Autism is typically accompanied by other health conditions like allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, digestive and gastrointestinal disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and a list of other conditions.
Because of the risks associated with having autism, it's important to adhere to safety precautions encouraged for caretakers of the autistic to follow. These precautions include things like keeping a close eye on your autistic child, as approximately 48 percent of children with autism attempt to elope from safe environments, in turn, leading to drowning, kidnapping, assault and other dangers.
Other things to consider when caring for a child with autism is life insurance for you and your spouse, and also life insurance for your child with autism. Life insurance coverage for you and your spouse will ensure that your child will always have access to food, shelter, a caretaker and medical care in the event of you or your spouse's death. Without that coverage, your autistic child could be left without necessary care and provisions. Additionally, having life insurance on your child with autism will ensure that, should the unthinkable happen and something happens to your child, you and your family would be able to afford final expenses including funeral and burial costs and outstanding medical bills.
Learning to care for your child with autism is an important part of ensuring your child's safety and access to a bright future. By researching and being prepared for the future and its possibilities, you are caring for your child in the best way possible. Take time to learn more about autism and its risks, how you can encourage, treat and help your child progress, and also how you can plan ahead to guarantee that your child will always be taken care of.
Participate in Autism Awareness month my learning more about autism and how you can protect your child today. Join in the cause for raising awareness to care and treatment for people with autism.