Autism is on the rise. The developmental disability, which influences how people perceive the world around them, affected 1 in 75 North American children less than ten years ago (2010). But just four years later, it had risen ominously to 1 in 59.

In the UK the picture is a little different, though there remain approximately 700,000 Brits classed as autistic: more than one in 100. Believed to affect more men than women, the stigma around autism has thankfully begun to be replaced by empathy in recent years. Many of us now feel that we have a better sense of the challenges autistic people face day after day.

Given that public appreciation for the difficulties of autism is at an all-time high, it is understandable that mothers – wishing to give their child the best possible care – pay close attention to their offspring’s development, and are keen to assure an early diagnosis of autism, which initially occurs during early childhood.

Evaluating autism isn’t always easy, and in this article we shall take a closer look at what autism evaluation entails while also identifying symptoms to watch out for. We shall also take a closer look at the best forms of treatment: from behavioural therapy and medicines to food and supplements.