Autism Warriors 025: 1 in 88 the New Autism Rate

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Ericka and Pam get together to discuss the latest estimates and how that number has changed over the years.  They also discuss great new resources, and what’s been going on at home.

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  • According to the latest estimate, released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — a nearly 25% increase from 2006, when the rate was 1 in 110, and a stunning 78% increase since 2000–02, when the CDC first began tracking the disorder and estimated the rate at 1 in 150 children.
  • Much discussion abounds as to the reason for the increase. Is it better detection methods, better diagnostic tools and physicians being better able to spot the early signs of autism?
  • The rate may drop again by year’s end, when a new definition of autism is slated to be included in the fifth revision of the standard manual for mental illness, the DSM-V; the updated definition is expected to focus more exclusively on core autism cases and exclude Asperger’s and PDD-NOS, which a growing number of experts believe to be distinct from true autism. The current CDC analysis did not break down ASD diagnoses by subtype.
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