According to the Autism Society of North Carolina, one out of every 58 people in North Carolina is born with a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, even higher than the national average, which is only one in 68.
Currently, there is no cure for autism, but recognizing the signs can help caregivers better respond to, understand and manage the symptoms of those under their care. Studies have shown that intervention therapies for children and adults with autism can improve the outcomes.
Recognizing the symptoms
Autism encompasses a range of complex symptoms related to brain development. Frequently, the symptoms affect social interaction, adaptive functioning, motor coordination and physical health. However, autism impacts each person differently. Around 40 percent of individuals with autism have average or above-average cognitive abilities, and some are particularly skilled in arts, math and music.