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ATCH FOR WARNING SIGNS OF AUTISM IN HOPES OF EARLY INTERVENTION
According to Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, one in every 150 8-year-olds across the country have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a group of brain development disabilities, and thisnumber is rising every day. Autism, the most prevalent ASD, alters the brain’s normal functions, affecting verbal and nonverbal communication aswell as social interaction. Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) would like to urge parents to be aware of their children’s behavior in hopes of identifyingsigns of Autism as soon as possible. “Although there is currently no cure for Autism, early detection andtreatment are keys to helping a child gain valuable skills and grow up to beas independent as possible,” said Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien.“Families whose children have received the diagnosis of ASD can be comfortedby knowing that a full range of services are available through CHP+. Anothervaluable local resource for families dealing with Autism is the Autism Society of America Web site – autismcolorado.org.”