Autism Rates Increase


According to the ASHA WIRE (April, 2023), the rate and prevalence of Autism in the last two years has increased from 1 in 44 kids (2021) to 1 in 36 (2023). These estimates were obtained from surveillance data distributed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) This change in distribution within the population is said to be due to better screening measures, improved awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum disorders and greater access to supportive services. In addition to this higher overall prevalence of Autism, new information on Autism in girls was obtained, showing that for the first time in history, the rate of Autism in 8-year old girls has exceeded 1%. Research on Autism shows that girls with Autism traditionally present differently than boys with Autism and often obtain a later diagnosis. It is suspected that during the COVID-19 pandemic limited data collection may have led to an under-reporting of the prevalence of Autism in the population. It is suggested by data analysts and researchers that more information on the long-term impacts from the pandemic, specifically regarding the evaluation and identification/diagnosis of Autism would be informative in years to come.

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