1-in-50 U.S. school kids has autism: Gov't survey

A government survey of parents says 1-in-50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing earlier federal estimate for the disorder.

1-in-50 U.S. school kids has autism: Gov't survey

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Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

The earlier government estimate of 1-in-88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.
For decades, autism meant kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

The new report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least 1 million children have autism.

The number is important: Government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds.

It's also controversial.

The new statistic comes from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012. Less than a quarter of the parents contacted agreed to answer questions, and it's likely that those with autistic kids were more interested than other parents in participating in a survey on children's health, CDC officials said.

Still, CDC officials believe the survey provides a valid snapshot of how many families are affected by autism, said Stephen Blumberg, the CDC report's lead author.

 

 

Comment by Wolf on March 22, 2013 at 3:26pm

When are these parents going to learn? Why are they so afraid?

Just ask your grandparents or parents if THEY had autistic children in their classrooms.  The answer would be no.  Austistic children did not exist because they were not being shot up with poisons.

If parents stop poisoning their children then all this will stop.

Up to you parents.  Cancer causing foods that are packaged and canned and then you give them these horrible vaccinations.  Very sad.  What a commentary it is to parents of today.  Internet information everywhere yet do you even bother to search?  Probably not.

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