The diagnosis of autism has been around for decades, and there’s still a stigma attached to it.
But a new survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that there’s more to it than meets the eye.
The CDC survey asked a representative sample of parents to rank the likelihood that their baby is suffering from autism spectrum disorder, a condition that includes a variety of symptoms and is often characterized by a lack of social interaction.
It also looked at how frequently their child was referred to social services and what kind of services were available for them.
The survey found that a quarter of parents who were diagnosed with autism said they never sought help from social services, but only half of those who were not diagnosed did.
That is, the people who are diagnosed with ASD are often referred to as “autistic” or “intellectual disability.”
The researchers also looked into whether social skills were a factor in ASD diagnosis, and found that those who had a social history of being socially isolated had higher rates of autism.
However, they didn’t find that there was a correlation between the severity of social skills and whether someone was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The study also found that children with ASD were more likely to have been placed into homes that did not include social skills training or support.
A lack of supportive services The CDC study found that two-thirds of parents with ASD who were interviewed had tried to enroll their child in social skills or support programs.
“It’s not uncommon for parents to struggle to get a diagnosis,” said lead researcher Jennifer Hurd, who is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“A lot of parents say, ‘We’ve tried all the support groups, we’ve tried social services.
And we don’t have much of a support network, either.'”
The study found, however, that most parents with a child diagnosed with the condition were not using support programs at the time of the diagnosis.
This finding suggests that the autism diagnosis is often made based on a parent’s experience rather than the severity or extent of the symptoms.
“When we look at the parent with ASD, we don.
And it doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is doing poorly,” Hurd said.
“But it’s definitely the parent’s perception of the child, and how they perceive that child.”
In addition to a lack on the part of the parents, many parents may not have a clear understanding of what autism is and what social skills are required to be diagnosed.
For example, there are a number of social cues parents can use to gauge how well their child is socializing, Hurd explained.
“I’d say that a lot of the cues we see parents giving are a lot more like a checklist of things that the parent knows about autism, than like a diagnosis of what they are looking for in a social skills program.”
For example: “How does your child interact with others?”
This question can help parents figure out how well the child interacts with others.
“What are their interests?
What do they like to do?”
This can help the parent determine if there’s a need for a social skill training program.
“Does your child like playing outside?”
This might also help parents gauge if there is a need to participate in a playgroup.
“Are there any social skills requirements?”
“Are the children in a group learning how to socialize?”
This could also help determine if a child needs a social intervention.
A common social skill for parents is to “interact with others in a way that makes them feel comfortable and safe.”
In other words, it’s important to engage in social interactions that make you feel comfortable, Huff said.
And that’s often what a lot parents do, especially when they are in the midst of trying to help their child with autism.
Hurd says it’s not surprising that some parents may be reluctant to seek help for their child, because they may not want to feel judged.
“Parents who are unsure whether they need help, they might say, I’m just not the right person for that,” Huff explained.
Hanging out with their child can be stressful for parents.
“The thing that’s really hard is when they’re out there being with other people and interacting with other children, they may be in a very different emotional state than they were a few hours ago,” Hidds said.
So, the research suggests that for some parents, it may be easier to simply accept the diagnosis and move on.
The new study is the first to look at autism prevalence in the US.
But Hurd cautions that the survey has limitations.
“We’re only looking at the number of people who were surveyed, so we’re not really able to answer the question of whether it’s increasing or decreasing,” Hidding said.
Hidd said it’s also possible that people with ASD may not disclose their condition in a timely manner.
For parents who are not diagnosed with their son or daughter, it is likely that they would continue to struggle with their condition