Quick Facts: Children with Special Needs and Autism
Prevalence of children with special needs/ autism
Nearly 20% of U.S. children under age 18 years of age have a special health care need. About 1 in 59 children are estimated to have autism– 1 in 37 in boys. (US Maternal & Child Health Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Who are children with special needs?
Children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN) “have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.” (US Maternal & Child Health Bureau)
What is autism?
Autism describes a different manner of thinking, communicating, and problem solving, often marked by a passionate focus on certain topics or interests. Autistic children may use eye contact differently and may exhibit distress behavior that comes from avoiding pain or sensory overload.
How do we best support children at-risk or who have special needs and/or autism?
Early screening, surveillance, and intervention can help children with special needs and autism by directing families to therapies that can improve quality of life.
Informational Videos on Autism & Other Special Needs
10 Early Signs of Autism
Autism - what we know (and what we don't know yet)
Desarrollo Infantil: Es Mejor Saber
Informational Websites and Video Channels
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) strives to advance the health and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Special Books by Special Kids
Interviews with individuals with a diagnosis from across the world with the hope of spreading empathy and acceptance.