One In Every 68 US Kids Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder, CDC Report Finds

The AP (3/31, Stobbe) reports that on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a surveillance summary showing “no change in how common autism is among US children.” Currently, approximately one “in 68 school-aged children” appears to “have autism or related disorders,” the same figure “as it was when health officials checked two years earlier,” the report published April 1 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reveals. It is “too soon,” however, to determine if “the number is stabilizing, said Daisy Christensen,” PhD, the report’s lead author.

According to CNN (3/31, Manella), data for the report were “collected from the CDC’s Autism and Development Disabilities Monitoring Network, which is a tracking system that provides estimates of the prevalence and characteristics of autism among eight-year-old children in 11 communities” across the US.

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— “NO CHANGE IN HOW COMMON AUTISM IS IN US KIDS: ABOUT 1 IN 68,” Mike Stobber, Associated Press, March 31, 2016.

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