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Do you know what will affect more kids this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined?

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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The answer is Autism. Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month?

According to, autism affects 1 in every 88 children (1 in 54 boys), and more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.

Learn more about Autism, get answers to your questions, and see how you can help spread awareness in CafeMom’s Autism: Support Across the Spectrum group! April is a perfect time to join! You’ll find an amazing group of women full of advice, information, friendship, and support. Plus, we’re running contests all month long, and you could win!


by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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by on Mar. 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Wow that is a lot of kiddos.

by on Mar. 31, 2012 at 11:45 PM

That is a lot of kids. I knew it was a bunch but never that many.

by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM
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Yes...had my son tested, has autistic qualities but not enough points in each catagory to get diagnosis. They diagnosed him ADHD and ODD. I still question the diagnosis though. Have taken him off all meds and taking it one day at a time.
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by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

That is a staggering statistic.

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM
That is really sad.
by on Apr. 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I have a 15 yr old nephew with Autism.  I am also hearing of more and more children with Autism.

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM
I was going I say heart defects 1 on 100 kids have one. Kills more kids then any other childhood illness
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by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM
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It is, isn't it?  According to the stats for boys are even more staggering... 1 in 54!    I think the best thing we can do as Moms is to share available information with eachother and those that work with and care for our children: 

Learn the Signs of Autism

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Ad Council logoAutism Speaks' multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services.

Research now suggests that children as young as 1 year old can show signs of autism. The most important thing you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and understand the typical developmental milestones your child should be reaching at different ages. Please look over the following list. If you have any concerns about your child's development, don't wait. Speak to your doctor about screening your child for autism. While validated screening for autism starts only as young as 16 months, the best bet for younger children is to have their development screened at every well visit with a highly validated developmental screening tool. If your child does have autism, early intervention may be his or her best hope. 

(The following red flags may indicate a child is at risk for atypical development, and is in need of an immediate evaluation.)

In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that indicate that a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” that your child should be screened to ensure that he/she is on the right developmental path. If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation: 
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age
*This information has been provided by First Signs, Inc. ©2001-2005. Reprinted with permission. For more information about recognizing the early signs of developmental and behavioral disorders, please visit or the Centers for Disease Control at

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That is a staggering statistic.

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