LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- It's one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children.
For some families, it can be a hard diagnosis to deal with, but help is out there.
After a short virus associated with high fever, John Mccollum says he noticed a change in his son Elijah.
"Within two weeks he couldn't talk anymore. He just really regressed really quickly."
Doctors at Arkansas Children's Hospital diagnosed Elijah with autism in July of 2013.
Now, nearly two years later Elijah has made progress but is still not able to talk.
"No eye contact, not wanting to be touched, not wanting to be bothered to basically he's the same kid except for he can't communicate. He's still non-verbal."