Every year, April is recognized as National Autism Awareness Month, which educates the public about Autism and those affected by it. The National Autism Awareness Month has been recognized by the Autism Society since the 1970s. Throughout the entire month of April, many organizations will be hosting and participating in a variety of events and fundraisers - all to support this very important cause.

We recently published a title on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) –Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Integrated Care across the Lifespan.  This new book discusses this growing health problem.  Designed as a textbook and a reference, this volume prepares nurses to recognize the unique challenges of providing evidence-based health care that meets the special needs of ASD patients across the lifespan and in multiple practice settings.

Autism can now be identified in children as young as 1 year to 18 months, and that intensive early intervention can lead to improved outcomes for these children. According to recent studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 88 American children have an autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have also shown that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

Looking to get involved?  For more information on National Autism Month, visit http://www.autism-society.org/about-us/national-autism-awareness-month/. To see if there’s a local chapter near you, visit http://www.autismsource.org/