CDC Now Estimates That One in Fifty Children Has Autism Diagnosis

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[Source:  Reuters]

As many as one in 50 U.S. school-age children have a diagnosis of autism, up from one in 86 in 2007, with much of the increase involving milder cases, suggesting the rise is linked to growing awareness and better testing methods, government researchers said on Wednesday.

In line with previous estimates, boys in the study were four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, according to the study, which is based on American parent reports of autism diagnoses in 2011-12 compared with 2007.

Autism can range from highly functioning individuals to those with severe speech and intellectual disabilities, in general individuals struggle with difficulties in communication, behavior and social interaction.

According to the study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, much of the increase in the estimates was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized autism.

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2 Responses to CDC Now Estimates That One in Fifty Children Has Autism Diagnosis

  1. Odelia says:

    I’m wondering how much of this diagnosis is actually correct and how much of it is bunching any child with the slightest difference in the ASD group! There’s definitely a much greater ASD population than before and many more children are being diagnosed! I wonder to myself at times, is this a “new trend” or “more awareness” of something that has always been?

  2. Terri Delmonico, SLP says:

    I see too many kids who would have been classified as developmentally disabled
    years ago lumped in the same category with children who have been diagnosed with ASD, also 2 year olds who have had severe ear infections, fluid retention, and hearing losses who are not verbal but frustrated because they can’ communicate, and don’t participate because they can’t hear. Also kids with verbal apraxia, late talkers, and sensory integration disorders who have been misdiagnosed with autism. I also see children diagnosed with autism so that they are eligible for therapy and services covered by the insurance agencies because diagnoses with ADHD among other disabilities are not covered. I know this because I work in Early Intervention as an SLP where it seems to be policy to start with ABA Therapy for 6 months with a nonverbal child, before they add Speech Therapy to the child’s services, because he remains nonverbal. I also worked in a School program for children age 3-21 on the spectrum for 8 years.
    Yes, there are many more children on the spectrum than years ago. I know this because my son, in his 30’s has autism, and when he was diagnosed, there were 1 in 10,000 children diagnosed with autism. Of course there wasn’t the awareness or the resources that there are now, either.