More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

  • More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

Of these children, source records of 10,886 children met the criteria for abstraction, and 5,743 children met the autism spectrum disorder "surveillance case definition", the authors noted.

"These numbers are pretty striking", said Sen.

A new study finds New Jersey's autism rate is the highest in the nation and significantly higher than it used to be.

"But people should not panic that autism is spreading somehow", Lord said. The medical community also has improved the way it documents the disease and is better at identifying autism-related behaviors.

"This is an incredible advancement", Suzanne Buchanan, executive director of Autism New Jersey, which advocates for services and assists families, said of the Family Care funding.

The study was not able to say why the cases of autism rose in New Jersey.

The latest estimate of 1.7 percent is higher than the 1.5 percent - or 1 in 68 - in the 2016 report, the CDC announced Thursday in a report. On the plus side, there is little racial disparity in the Garden State diagnoses.

"The higher number of black and Hispanic children now being identified with autism could be due to more effective outreach in minority communities and increased efforts to have all children screened for autism so they can get the services they need", said Shapira. Tools like the Autism Registry are helpful.

But Tennessee also lags behind in autism screenings.

"Providing them with much-needed support, whether it's social groups, recreational activities, and information", she said.

"It's just that we were either missing it and not aware of it, or not diagnosing it, or for many cases diagnosing it as intellectual disability", he said.

But, there are also new medications working their way through the testing phases. "It's a wake-up call for all of us", he said.

Researchers believe that autism is on the rise due to enhanced recognition of the disorder in minority communities. While the causes are hard to pinpoint, environmental factors and parental age may influence the rates.

The CDC study suggests not enough children are getting the early diagnoses vital for children with autism.

She researches new ways to do spot autism earlier.

Even though autism can be reliably identified at age 2, the CDC found that less than half of kids with the developmental disorder were diagnosed by age 4.

The data comes from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. While the diagnosis - which generally lasts for life - can be hard for parents to hear, acting promptly is important, and services can always be modified down the road. The prevalence of what we recognize as autism is going up-not the likelihood of a child being susceptible to autism.

Not surprisingly, there was a wide range of prevalence data, from 13.1 per 1,000 in Arkansas to 29.3 per 1,000 in New Jersey.

The CDC collected data at 11 regional monitoring sites that are part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, including Maryland.

Approximately 1.7% - or 1 in 59 - of 8-year-old kids in 11 diverse communities across the USA could be identified as having autism in 2014, according to the report.