kalamazoo college http://michiganradio.org en One Michigan family's journey with autism http://michiganradio.org/post/one-michigan-familys-journey-autism <p>What can a parent do to reach an autistic child, to forge some path through the barrier of autism spectrum disorder – a path that might somehow lead to greater understanding of that child’s mind, heart and soul?</p><p>That challenge is facing more and more families in America.</p><p>In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control found that one in 150 school-age children had been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By 2008, that figure was one in 88 – an increase of 78%.</p><p>Consider more recent figures from a different government agency: the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that today, one out of every 50 school-age kids has the condition.</p><p>The experts tell us these higher numbers may not be so much a matter of more kids having ASD, but rather that health officials are getting better at counting those who do.</p><p>But behind all the statistics are the day-to-day stories of families coping with the often crushing challenge of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:26:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16136 at http://michiganradio.org One Michigan family's journey with autism