The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on the 2nd that it was found that as of 2018, one in 44 children aged 8 years in the United States was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is more than double the rate of children with autism in the United States announced in 2012, which was 1 in 88. In 2016, it was 1 in 54.
According to the CDC, as of 2018, analysis of statistical data from 11 communities, including California and Missouri, found that 1 in 44 children (2.3%) of 8-year-olds were diagnosed with ASD. The prevalence was more than four times higher in boys than in girls, but similar rates were found in most racial and ethnic groups. Trends in prevalence by regional income level varied across communities.
In general, children with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be diagnosed with autism earlier. This is especially true for black children. More than half of black children diagnosed with autism by the age of 8 have an intellectual disability. This is higher than the average rate of intellectual disability among children diagnosed with autism, which is 35%.
According to the CDC, the increase in the proportion of children diagnosed with autism does not need to be taken negatively because it is due to the change in awareness of ASD, the development of early diagnosis systems, and the expansion of diagnostic standards. Early detection of autism is desirable because it can improve children’s quality of life. In fact, compared to those born in 2010, those born in 2014 were 50% more likely to receive an autism diagnosis or special education by age 4.
Karen Lemley, director of the CDC’s National Center for Dysmorphic and Developmental Disabilities, told CNN: “The earlier children are diagnosed with autism, the better news they can receive from welfare services and support.” “Only early diagnosis and treatment of autism provides the optimal conditions for a child to learn, socialize, and develop independence,” said Deborah Builder, a professor of pediatrics at the Huntsman Institute for Mental Health at the University of Utah, USA, one of the authors of the report. I can do it for you,” he said in an interview with Health Day, a webzine for health and medical news in the United States.
By Han Gun-pil, reporter [email protected]
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