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"Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years"

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Autism spectrum disorder is up 15 percent, on average, among communities monitored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to an agency report.

Approximately 1 in 59 8-year-olds were diagnosed with the disorder, a prevalence rate based on data collected in 2014 in 11 states. For the past two report cycles—2016 and 2014—1 in 68 8-year-olds were estimated to have the disorder, which is characterized by significant social, communication, and behavioral impairments.

The CDC says the numbers can't be extrapolated to the nation as a whole because the monitoring sites are not nationally representative. The overall rate masks wide state-to-state variations. –

Vol. 37, Issue 29, Page 4

Published in Print: May 2, 2018, as Children With Autism
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