April is Autism Awareness Month and to increase awareness, Care New England is sharing the story of Lilly Steiner, her parents, Greg, and Michelle, and her younger sister, Scarlett. Lilly is autistic and her parents share their journey in the hopes of shedding light on this developmental disability that now affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. This video will take you into the Steiners’ lives for a day.

  • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of three.
  • Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
  • Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous co-morbid medical conditions which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, and more.
  • Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Its prevalence is not affected by race, region, or socioeconomic status. Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the incidence has climbed to an alarming one in 68 children here.
  • Currently, there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, its diverse symptoms can be greatly improved and, in some cases, completely overcome.

To learn more about autism services offered by Care New England, please contact:

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Women & Infants Hospital
New England Pediatric Institute of Neurodevelopment
555 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 729-6200
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Center for Children and Families
50 Holden Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 453-7953
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Learn More: Autism Facts and Statistics

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.

  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

  • About 40 percent of children with autism do not speak. About 25 to 30 percent of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.

  • Autism greatly varies from person to person. No two people with autism are alike.

  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last 20 years.

  • Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation.

  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet the most underfunded.

  • Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key.

  • Autism is treatable, not a hopeless, condition.

Source: National Autism Association