Autism prevalence slightly higher in CDC's ADDM Network

  • Autism prevalence slightly higher in CDC's ADDM Network

Autism prevalence slightly higher in CDC's ADDM Network

White children are also diagnosed earlier than their counterparts. Given the fraught history of the (consistently debunked) allegations that vaccines are tied to autism spectrum disorders, there may be an impulse in certain corners to bring up vaccinations as a potential root for this rise in diagnoses.

Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication.

The prevalence was found to be 15 percent higher than what was reported past year, up from 1.5 percent in 2012 to 1.7 percent in 2014.

Arkansas was the only state that collected data from the entire state, including rural areas, as opposed to specific sites. They then "confirmed diagnoses of Autism using guidelines established by the current fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as the guidelines of the previous edition".

Suzanne Buchanan, the executive director of Autism New Jersey, says the figures compiled in the report are shocking and astounding, but the good news is we're doing an effective job "at identifying children of all races and ethnicities, and all functioning levels, and we're able to connect them with services". These new numbers change things though.

The autism rate in the U.S. has been steadily climbing since CDC first began its nationwide count in 2000.

One thing that didn't seem to follow a pattern was the states the CDC chose to research for their report. It is spread across 11 communities in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Autism continues to perplex health professionals, as its cause is still unknown.

"While the parents of 145 children refused to take part in the study, parents of 236 children could not be contacted despite making three visits to their house and hence were dropped out", the study report said.

In New Jersey, researchers have seen a 20 percent increase; however, higher estimates may be due to a better access to educational records and an improved means of identification due to a stronger educational background on the developmental disability.

The reviewers may include children who show signs of autism, even if they do not have an official diagnosis.

"What we used to think of it as a low incidence disability, it is really no longer a low incidence disability and we need to move forward with funding appropriately", she said.

The program offers parent-friendly, research-based milestone checklists for children as young as 2 months of age.

A new CDC autism report finds that rates of autism are rising among US children.

The variation across states also reveals how dependent the CDC estimate is on the sites that provide the data, says Eric Fombonne, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Some factors could affect a child in its development in utero or related to birth complications or to the newborn period. "And these are diverse communities so that we can look at autism prevalence and characteristics in a number of different groups defined by race/ethnicity or by socioeconomic status". Just last autumn, a study found children whose older siblings have autism are about 14 percent less likely to be vaccinated than siblings of those without the disorder. This year also marks two decades since The Lancet published a now retracted study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that falsified a link between measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.