National Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month every April highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Aspiranet’s Family Focused Support Network for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is actively involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and support of families and children challenged by autism and other developmental disabilities. We are participating in autism awareness activities throughout the month of April.

To stay up-to-date on Aspiranet’s Autism Awareness activities, please visit our FFSN website. We have several activities on the agenda, including the launch of a free online autism screening tool developed by Sheri Reynolds, autism expert and Director of Aspiranet’s Family Focused Support Network.

Quick Facts About Autism

Autism is growing in prevalence across the United States. Consider the following statistics regarding the reach of this developmental disability:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children – a 23 percent increase from the Center for Disease Control’s last report in 2009.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $126 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Facts from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Autism Speaks Organization

Do you suspect that someone you love may have autism?

Aspiranet’s Family Focused Support Network for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to serving families and children who are challenged by autism and other developmental disabilities. Our experienced caring therapists have developed an online autism screening tool for families and parents and are leading the online Yahoo News Group “Answers About Autism.

Free Online Autism Screening Tool For Parents

This on-line autism screening tool helps parents quickly assess the concerning behaviors that may indicate autism and then, based on the results, seek a more thorough evaluation if necessary.

Autism Screening Tool – Ages 0-2
Autism Screen Tool – Ages 3-18

Answers About Autism Yahoo Group

A valued member of our FFSN staff, Vanessa Parker, MA is the group leader of the online Yahoo resource “Answers About Autism” providing behavioral solutions and answers to questions you may have regarding your relative or friend with autism.

Join the online Yahoo group Answers About Autism here.

The Aspiranet’s Family Focused Support Network (FFSN) is dedicated to serving impacted families, arming them with strategies they can use to help maintain happy, stable households. We provide intensive case management, in-home behavioral services and counseling to assist families and children who are challenged by autism and other developmental disabilities.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with autism and you are looking for assistance in their treatment, please contact the Aspiranet Family Focused Support Network for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

We provide services in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano Counties. Aspiranet’s FFSN team focuses on improving parent-child communications and building strong healthy family relationships. Rather than using a child-only approach, we focus on helping the entire family.

If you would like to speak to an Aspiranet professional, please call (408) 229-0775. To find out more about our services, please visit our FFSN website or contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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