BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Autism is on the rise in America. A 30 percent increase in the number of children diagnosed with the disorder.
Now, one in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism, which is up from two years ago when it was one in 88.
Alabama is one of 11 states surveyed in a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
The study says one in 175 children are diagnosed with autism.
So, who do the numbers mean?
The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s critical that we do not become numb to these numbers.
That’s the goal of a nonprofit agency called Kulture City in Birmingham.
They recently held a conference to bring together people from all walks of life to go beyond autism awareness.
“We want to take nothing off the table,” said Julian Maha. “We want to examine all the data, all the knowledge that’s out there, and if it’s applicable to one child to get them better, then let’s look at it a little bit more in-depth.”
The new study from the CDC is the most comprehensive report on the frequency of autism, which comprehensive report on the frequency of autism.
What we know from this study is that boys are diagnosed more often than girls, and almost half of the children in the survey of 11 states had IQs that were either average or above average.
“We believe part of the increase and prevalence is due to better detection of autism,” Michael Rosanoff. “However, we still feel we are underestimating the presence of autism in the United States.”
Early diagnosis is a key to intervention for children with autism. There are tests that will diagnose a child as early as 2-year-old.
However, the study found that most children were diagnosed at four years old.
To view the full study, click here.
For more information on Kulture City, click here.
To visit Autism Speaks, click here.
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