Autism Isn't Easy
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
The national autism rate continues its upward march, the federal government said today, with New Jersey leading the way.
One in 68 children are now diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder nationally — with boys nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
New Jersey’s numbers are even more startling: one in 45 children, with a boys’ rate of one in 28.
"It’s quite likely there is one boy with autism in every classroom," said Walter Zahorodny, director of the New Jersey Autism Study and professor at New Jersey Medical School in Newark. The girls’ rate in New Jersey is one in 133.
All children benefit from the structure and positive peer interaction that summer camps provide once classes have ended for the school year. Camp can be particularly important for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. By enrolling in a camp program that is designed exclusively for them, these children can continue to develop positive behaviors and social skills during the summer months while at the same time engaging in fun, age-appropriate activities.
Specialized camps help young people with autism build the essential social, communication, cognitive and sensory skills that they are often unable to gain naturally. Camps provide children with the opportunity to learn, play with peers and interact with the world around them in everyday settings. Children are able to improve their confidence, increase self-esteem and establish important communication skills and friendships that they can carry with them into their adult life.