1 in 50 children has autism, CDC report says
According to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 50 children have been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, such as Asperger's Syndrome.
The report states that "Changes in ascertainment of autism spectrum disorders could occur because of changes in autism spectrum disorders awareness among parents or healthcare professionals, increased access to diagnostic services, changes in how screening tests or diagnostic criteria are used, or increased special education placements in the community."
Much of the prevalence increase from 2007 to 2011-2012 for school-aged children was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized autism spectrum disorder, according to the report. Click here to read the full report.