Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has gained prominence in recent years, but is there really an increase in the number of children on the spectrum, or has the diagnosis become more accessible?
I’m pretty sure that every classroom in my kids’ school has at least 1 or 2 kids diagnosed with ASD, and it makes me wonder: Did we do something wrong back in my generation? Was it the vaccines I took back in the day? Microwaves, Styrofoam, or CFCs affecting the Ozone Layer? I’m not sure, and scientists aren’t either. However, we are going to explore ASD together and learn more about it.
In the past, autism was often underdiagnosed, especially in girls and adults. This was due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the disorder, as well as the fact that symptoms can vary widely from person to person. However, in recent years, there has been a growing awareness of ASD, and diagnostic tools have become more sophisticated. This has led to an increase in the number of children and adults who are being diagnosed with ASD.
I will explore these questions and discuss the importance of individualized interventions and support for children and adults with ASD, but with a different perspective.
This is the first article in a series where I will explore what life is like for people on the spectrum in different parts of the world, discussing what is available, what is not, what is paid or free, and what innovations are available. In the next article, we will look at Autism in Brazil, my home country, where I have been raising my child until now.
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