Autism is Becoming Increasingly Common Amongst Children

About 10 years ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that one out of every 150 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Today that number stands at 1 in 88, making autism spectrum disorders much more common. April is Autism Awareness Month, so let’s take the time to better understand this important disorder and how it affects people. In families with children who have been diagnosed with an ASD, parents and family members are generally familiar with the different types of autism and have taken some steps to create a special needs plan for their autistic child. (If you have a child with autism and haven’t yet developed a special needs plan, you should take the time to call an estate planning attorney to schedule an appointment.) Autism is not a single medical condition, but rather a range of conditions that are divided into three different categories: Autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder—


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