Every year an increasing number of children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2010 it was estimated that 1-2 people per 1,000 had an autism spectrum disorder worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most recent analysis estimates that in the United States, 1 in 68 children have an ASD. As more children, parents, caregivers and teachers are faced with the potential hurdles of living life along the spectrum, many are asking, how can acupuncture and Chinese medicine help?
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, characterized by difficulties with social interaction, challenges with language and non-verbal communication, repetitive behaviors, and often unique strengths in other areas. Autism and other spectrum disorders are believed to be caused both by genetic and environmental factors. The more obvious signs of the disorder are usually noticed between the ages of two and three, at which time normal development in the areas of difficulty has typically occurred.