With National Autism Awareness Month coming to a close this past Monday, Newborn and Kids Health Center staff and Rachel Bargo, APRN, are working to make the community more aware of autism year-round. To bring more community awareness, the health center held an Autism Awareness event on April 27, sharing information about autism and handing out goodie bags with sensory friendly toys.
“Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is caused by a problem in the brain that affects a child’s behavior,” said Bargo, who stated autism rates are on the rise, with the Center for Disease Control estimating autism prevalence to increase by 15 percent in 2018. For comparison, in 2016, 1 in 68 children were diagnosed with autism and the projected rate for 2018 is 1 in 58 children.
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