Elk Grove Village, IL–(ENEWSPF)–April 1, 2013. The American Academy of Pediatrics joins with other child health organizations in recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Pediatricians screen children for ASD, and support families whose children have this diagnosis.
The AAP has new resources this year to add to its full range of autism-related information for pediatricians and families. The new items include:
- Sound Advice on Autism – a series of audio interviews with medical experts and parents of children with ASD. A new interview features James Perrin, MD, FAAP, who is a pediatric developmental expert and president-elect of the AAP. Dr. Perrin discusses the latest in autism research, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Autism: Caring For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit For Clinicians now is available as a digital download or CD-Rom and includes tested screening tools, clinical fact sheets, and family handouts in both English and Spanish.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is a new book that helps parents understand how autism is defined and diagnosed and provides information on behavioral and developmental therapies.
During April, parents, caregivers and health care providers can visit www.aap.org/autism for free samples from the toolkit and to preview chapters from the parent book. Additional information for pediatricians can be found on AAP.org, and for parents at Healthychildren.org.