Although parents are increasingly more aware regarding the symptoms of autism, they cannot do anything to stop the condition from developing in American children. According to a new study, autism rate in the US rises to 1 in 40 children. Also, the survey conducted on 50,000 kids revealed that about 2.5% of the American kids are suffering from an autism spectrum disorder.
The new autism rate calculated by the researchers is more precise than the previous figures revealed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which stated earlier this year that 1 in 59 American children live with autism. The difference might be due to the CDC’s narrower definition of autism.
“What is happening is that these studies use methods that are a bit more liberal and inclusive than the CDC’s methods,” also said Thomas Frazier, the chief science officer at the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks, in an interview on CNN.
Autism Rate in The US Rises To 1 in 40 Children
The new estimates also confirmed something that researchers believed it is happening for years. Namely, the scientists have considered that autism rate is on the rise for several years.
As the new research revealed about 25 percent of the surveyed children take medication to reduce the symptoms related to autism and about 66 percent of them received some form of therapy and gained access to the correct health care for their condition.
“Though we’ve seen progress in recent years, this confirms what we know from our parents – that many children face unacceptable delays in getting a diagnostic evaluation, even after parents, teachers or other caregivers have recognized the signs of autism,” said Frazier. “Having prevalence estimates – even if there is some variation – helps us to advocate for improved screening, diagnosis, interventions and supports,” he added.
In conclusion, the autism rate in the US rises to 1 in 40 children, according to a new survey carried out on 50,000 American children.