Autism prevalence rises to 1 in 44 8 year olds

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03 Dec 2021, 7:25 am

New data suggests 1 in 44 US children affected by autism

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In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares with 1 in 54 identified with autism in 2016.

U.S. autism numbers have been on the rise for several years, but experts believe that reflects more awareness and wider availability of services to treat the condition rather than a true increase in the number of affected children.

A separate CDC report released Thursday said that children were 50% more likely to be diagnosed with autism by age 4 in 2018 than in 2014.

The CDC reports are based on data from counties and other communities in 11 states — some with more urban neighborhoods, where autism rates tend to be higher. The rates are estimates and don’t necessarily reflect the entire U.S. situation, the authors said.

Autism rates varied widely — from 1 in 26 in California, where services are plentiful, to 1 in 60 in Missouri.

Overall, autism prevalence was similar across racial and ethnic lines, but rates were higher among Black children in two sites, Maryland and Minnesota. Until recently, U.S. data showed prevalence among white children was higher.

At a third site, Utah, rates were higher among children from lower-income families than those from wealthier families, reversing a longstanding trend, said report co-author Amanda Bakian, a University of Utah researcher who oversees the CDC’s autism surveillance in that state.


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04 Dec 2021, 7:09 am

makes sense, glad that there is no longer hue and cry over "explosion of autism" but better understanding of it being rightfully credited for more diagnoses. Now if they would look for diagnosis among adults who never got diagnosed as children (those of us born before DSM description was available, and in the following year, we would see a huge explosion of numbers. Over 5 million adults over 22 may be autistic and never have been diagnosed. ( extrapolated from statistics by census bureau and CDC). Diagnosis at any age is life changing, not just among 8 year olds! ( I know, preaching to the choir) thanks again for your vigilance in posting autism news. :)


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04 Dec 2021, 3:39 pm

autisticelders wrote:
makes sense, glad that there is no longer hue and cry over "explosion of autism" but better understanding of it being rightfully credited for more diagnoses. Now if they would look for diagnosis among adults who never got diagnosed as children (those of us born before DSM description was available, and in the following year, we would see a huge explosion of numbers. Over 5 million adults over 22 may be autistic and never have been diagnosed. ( extrapolated from statistics by census bureau and CDC). Diagnosis at any age is life changing, not just among 8 year olds! ( I know, preaching to the choir) thanks again for your vigilance in posting autism news. :)


Being diagnosed with autism is an oxymoron, since autism is an umbrella term for different unexplained brain conditions that all have similar things in common.

A medical mystery from the 1940`s is not a real diagnosis just a label to put people to for identification purposes until science has the answer


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