Autism is a complex developmental different ability that affects 1 in 68 children.
It appears during the first 3 years of a child's life, mainly impacting the communication & social skills.
It is a "spectrum disorder" that affects various individuals to different extent.
It is observed in 1 out of 54 of boys and 1 out of 252 of girls. As per the review of rates over the past several years —the CDC data shows a skyrocketing increase of 78% in autism rates from 2002 to 2008.
public health action is needed to help children and families dealing with autism.