By Anne Dachel
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Assoc.): AUTISM IS NOW ONE IN EVERY 30 KIDS. (That's also one in 18 boys.)
Just last year it was at one in 44, but that "increase in awareness" never ends so the numbers will only get better, I guess. Below are a couple news reports on the findings. (The new rate didn't get a lot of coverage.)
I'm sure researchers won't rest until we reach numbers like they see in Northern Ireland, one in every 20 kids or Hong Kong, one in every 27 kids.
The number of kids in America living with autism is apparently growing at a considerable rate, according to a new study.
Published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, the new study reveals a nearly 52% increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses among children in the United States between 2017 and 2020….
As of 2020, the percentage of American youth who have been diagnosed with ASD has reached 3.49%, according to the data….
While the new study didn't discuss reasons for the spike in ASD among American children, experts have already said increases in diagnoses can most likely be attributed to an increase in awareness of ASD by both parents and doctors.
However, as the CDC admits, diagnosing ASD is "difficult" as "there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorder."
New York Post: One in every 30 kids in US has autism — a 50% jump from 2017
…Study authors did not discuss potential causes for the stark rise, though many experts have attributed the increase to greater awareness of the condition among parents and doctors.
...some experts see them as more of a positive - believing that the number of people experiencing the condition has not increased but instead a sign a better surveillance.