Monday, April 18, 2016

Autism Spectrum

At the end of March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their every-two-year estimate of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence in the United States for the year 2010 among children aged eight. For 2010, the overall prevalence of ASD among the 11 sites surveyed was 14.7 per 1,000 (1 in 68) children aged 8 years. Of interest and also concern is that this number is not falling. Also of concern is that while ASD can often be diagnosed by the age of 2 years (and the earlier the better), many children are diagnosed much later than that. According to Scott B. Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America, “If you or someone you love has autism and needs assistance, our call center, Autism Source™ is available. Call 1-800-3Autism.”


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