He was three years old when Lisa Fusick-Smith’s son “Dug” was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
She wasn’t completely surprised. “His daycare teacher told us, ‘He's got a lot of delays, compared to some of the other children.’ We wondered what it would mean for us. How it would look for our future.”
Many parents are asking similar questions: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), its prevalence has risen to 1 in 54 in 2020 — more than twice the 2004 rate of 1 in 125.