Autism News

Important studies show data of Autism. Here are 10 things you may not have known about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD):

  1. About 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 8 year olds) were identified with ASD.
  2. This new estimate is roughly 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88), roughly 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110), and roughly 120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (1 in 150).
  3. The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey.
  4. Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85).
  5. Boys were almost 5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
  6. White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children.
  7. Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.
  8. Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.
  9. Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability.
  10. About 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services for autism at school or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician.

Read the full article:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsautismdata/index.html

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