Children's Health Defense: 1 in 30 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With Autism in 2020 — What’s Behind the Surge?
Note: Thank you to Children's Health Defense for including Age of Autism's Managing Editor Kim Rossi for a behind the front lines look at what the increase means and "going there." However, Kim Rossi, managing editor of Age of Autism, found Siegel’s reasons unconvincing and inadequate. She sure did.
1 in 30 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With Autism in 2020 — What’s Behind the Surge?
Roughly 1 in 30 children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2020, according to a JAMA Pediatrics research letter, which also referenced a new study showing a 53% increase in ASD in young Americans since 2017.
By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.
Roughly 1 in 30 — 3.49% — of children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2020, according to a JAMA Pediatrics research letter published this month by a team of researchers in China.
The researchers used data, gathered in 2019 and 2020, from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which collects health-related information via household interviews conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
During the NHIS interviews, a parent or guardian reported on ASD diagnoses made by a physician or other healthcare professional.
Of the 12,554 individuals ages 3 to 17 surveyed in 2019 and 2020, 410 were reported to have a diagnosis of ASD.
The research team, including corresponding author Dr. Wenhan Yang, M.D., Ph.D., from the School of Public Health, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University in China, compared the 2019 and 2020 NHIS results to NHIS results from the years 2014 to 2018.
“We found the prevalence of ASD increased from 2014 to 2016, decreased from 2016 to 2017, and then increased again from 2017 to 2020,” Yang and colleagues wrote. Read the full article at Children's Health Defense.