Autism receives a lot of attention these days, yet many may not understand exactly what it is or how it is diagnosed.

Broadly speaking, autism is a neurodevelopment disorder with symptoms manifesting before the age of 3. Symptoms include difficulty interacting and communicating verbally with others, and unusual or repetitive behaviors. Developmental delay may or may not present itself at first, although regression (losing previously learned skills) is common.

Historically, autism has been considered a rare disorder, with rates reported such as 1 in 10,000. Today, it is estimated that 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with autism—2% of all children. While diagnoses have increased, knowledge about the cause(s) of autism remains limited. Genetic predisposition is the clearest of these, and other suggested triggers include environmental conditions, chemical exposure, or vaccines.

One of the most frustrating aspects of autism, particularly for parents, is the difficulty of finding reliable, affordable, and successful treatment. Each child is different, so a variety of therapies , medications, and interventions can be combined and personalized to assist each child. Chiropractic therapy can be especially helpful for those with autism, whether a child or an adult.

If you or someone you know struggles with autism, maybe it’s time to try chiropractic therapy. As we become more aware and sensitive to autism, it is our desire to assist sufferers with tangible strategies that can increase their quality of life.