So you took our quiz and want to learn more? Here are all the answers and with more details on each.
#1 WHAT CAUSES AUTISM?
Answer: Both genetic and environmental factors.
Reason: Scientists believe that both genetics and environmental factors likely play a role in ASD. The incidence of autism over the last 20 years has risen so rapidly that genetics cannot be the sole cause. Unlike other conditions where defects in one specific gene are known to cause the condition, no single gene is implicated in autism. Autism involves the combined impact of several genes, and different genes may be involved in different families and individuals.
#2 BOYS ARE ___ TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM THAN GIRLS.
Reason: There are no studies to show exactly why the occurrence rate is higher in boys.
#3 IF A PERSON WITH AUTISM DOESN’T MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH YOU, IT MEANS THEY…
Answer: May feel uncomfortable at that time
Reason: Many people with autism, especially young children, struggle with typical social interaction skills. Normal engagement like eye contact or appropriate play can be very foreign to them. Additionally, the presence of autism also brings in a variety of sensory challenges. A child with autism may often feel overstimulated, and avoiding eye contact could help them from feeling even more overwhelmed.
#4 IN 2019, ___ CHILDREN AGES 0-4 IN BATON ROUGE WILL MEET THE CRITERIA NECESSARY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM.
Answer: About 850
Reason: 871 to be exact, based on the occurrence rate and projected population growth of the Greater Baton Rouge area. Projections through 2030 make it clear that ASD is a significant and growing reality in our area.
#5 APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS THE MOST SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.
Reason: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is currently the most widely supported treatment approach and has been endorsed by numerous state and federal agencies. A large body of evidence supports early and intensive intervention is most effective.