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1 In 45 Children in the U.S. Has Autism

According to a new government estimate, 1 in 45 children in the U.S. has autism. Although these numbers make it appear as though the prevalence of autism is increasing, it is important to remember that the upturn could be due to changes in diagnostic criteria.

“This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parents about their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

“Although the new estimate looks like a significant increase from the CDC’s previous estimate — which put the autism spectrum disorder rate at 1 in 68 children — the previous estimate was made using data from a different CDC survey, called the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which gathers information from children’s medical records. This 1-in-68 estimate was reported in 2014, but was based on data collected during 2010.”

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