Posted in Autism, Developmental issues
Tagged 100 day kit, Academy of Pediatrics, ACCEL, ASD, aspergers, Autism, autism diagnosis, autism speaks, autism spectrum disorder, autism what next, az autism coalition, AZAAP, azautism, Bryan Davey, CDC, daniel b kessler MD, Family health, parenting, parenting style, Pediatrics, raising arizona kids, Raising Arizona Kids magazine, ruth letizia md, SARRC, southwest human development
New research shows that a child is more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) if an older sibling has already received a diagnosis.
In an international study to be published in the September 2011 issue of Pediatrics, researchers calculated the risk of recurrence among siblings. They found that number to be substantially higher than previously estimated.
Past studies had estimated the ASD recurrence risk to be between 3 percent and 10 percent. But this most recent study found that the overall risk was 18.7 percent.
The risk was even higher in families with more than one affected sibling – as high as 32 percent.
Study findings concluded that neither parental age, gender of the sibling, functioning level of the sibling, or birth order, were significant predictors of an ASD diagnosis.
Boys were found to be at nearly three times the risk of girls for an ASD diagnosis.
Read about a pair of brothers diagnosed with ASD and how an exhibit at the New York Transit Museum helps them to connect with others.
RAK Archives: Read about a program that provides workshops for children and their siblings with special needs.
Arizona Autism resources:
Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center
Arizona Autism Coalition
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Valley of the Sun Autism Network (VSAN)
Diane Pollock, Autism Consultant
Have a resource to add to this list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Autism, Family health
Tagged AAP, Arizona, arizona autism coalition, ASD, Autism, autism siblings, Autism Society Greater Phoenix, autism spectrum disorder, Diane Pollack, parenting, Pediatrics, raising a child with autism, S.E.E.K., SARRC, special needs, VSAN