1 in 50 children now diagnosed with autism

A brand-new report shows that 1 in 50 children in the U.S. have now been diagnosed with autism, up from 1 in 86 kids in 2008.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a new report, with data gathered by interviewing a random national sample of about 96,000 parents over landlines and cell phones. This survey happens every four years. Here is what they found:

  • Boys are diagnosed with autism four times more than girls.
  • The majority of diagnoses since 2008 have been for less severe forms of autism.
  • 2 percent of children ages 6-17 years have autism, according to their parents. This is a huge jump from 2007, when the rate was 1.2 percent.
  • The greatest jump in autism rates was for boys and adolescents 14 to 17 years.
  • Children who were first diagnosed in or after 2008 were more likely to have milder Autism Spectrum Disorder than those diagnosed in or before 2007.
  • Much of the increase was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized ASD.
Parents who participated were asked “if they had ever been told by a doctor or other health care provider that their child had ‘autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or other autism spectrum disorder.’

You can read the detailed report here:

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