April 2, 2012
Autism Numbers Soar among Kids
April is Autism Awareness Month, and the number of children diagnosed with the condition is increasing dramatically. A new report shows that one in eighty-eight children have the condition. This report was documented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This report found that boys are five times more at risk to be diagnosed with autism than girls. African-American and Latino children also saw the biggest rise. Highest numbers of children with autism were reported in Utah and lowest numbers were reported in Alabama according to the report.
"One thing the data tells us with certainty — there are many children and families who need help,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. “We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children.”
Children who have autistic symptoms are being detected earlier. This report studied children who were born in the year 2000 and 18% were diagnosed with the condition by three years old. In 2006 when this same report was done, only 12% were diagnosed by the same age.