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18 Dec 2009, 8:17 pm

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Nearly 1 percent of U.S. children diagnosed with autism



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18 Dec 2009, 8:53 pm

OH NOOOOESS!! ! ONE PERCENT!! !


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18 Dec 2009, 9:46 pm

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but is consistent with another estimate the agency released in October based on a telephone survey that concluded the condition was diagnosed in about 1 out of every 100 children.

How's that for a reliable statistic?


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18 Dec 2009, 10:03 pm

I wouldn't call that an epidemic. The reason that more children are being diagnosed is because there are better tools to diagnose children with.


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18 Dec 2009, 10:03 pm

The upper-limit is 2%. Gillberg did that study with all of those children, and it came back with 2% having some form of ASD, whether a diagnosable condition or a milder variant.



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18 Dec 2009, 10:09 pm

Danielismyname wrote:
The upper-limit is 2%. Gillberg did that study with all of those children, and it came back with 2% having some form of ASD, whether a diagnosable condition or a milder variant.


Wouldn't that be 'Gillberg's studies indicate that it is likely that at most 2% of the population is affected by an ASD' to be accurate? Nothing about his study was absolute or conclusive, only indicative. Not arguing the validity, but the presentation seems to assert fact where I do not see it.


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18 Dec 2009, 11:14 pm

Yeah, at most, which would be the upper-limit, as he didn't differentiate between severity, just autistic symptoms in a large scale study of school children.

The diagnosable rate shouldn't climb higher than 1 to 2% (with 2% being the maximum).



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18 Dec 2009, 11:37 pm

...the upper limit, based on his results. I'm sorry, but the semantics bother me - his studies are not conclusive, although I don't disagree with his results.


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