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Understanding The Facts Behind Autism Statistics | The Essential Guide To Autism

Understanding The Facts Behind Autism Statistics


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The numbers concerning autism statistics can be very hard to understand. They can be very confusing for the average person because when a report uses the word ‘autism’ it might be referring to any of the different types of autism on the spectrum.

There are many high functioning autistic children being diagnosed with Asperger’s that at one time went under the radar. Though it seems that there are more children than ever with autism, it might just be that diagnosis is now more precise.

According to a report published in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 150 births will be diagnosed with some form of autism. That is a startling number, but it may not be much different from before. Doctors are just now finding these children may have been misdiagnosed in the past, or not been seen by a doctor at all. These children might have been labeled as shy, or as having developmental delays not associated with autism.

Based on 2001 findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that up to one and a half million children and adults has autism in one form or another. If you use current statistics against those from 2001, it would appear that diagnosis is on the rise, and that it is rising at a rate of approximately 15%. Though that seems staggering, you can indeed see where advances in diagnosis and understanding are making is possible for more children to be helped and to simply be known as autistic.

Though the numbers are on the rise, there is a bit of good news involved. The costs involved in raising and caring for children with autism can be reduced if the proper diagnosis is made early on. This means that interventions can start early, not last as long and therefore cost less (although this isn’t the case for everyone).

Though autism is never easy to have or to live with, it is much easier if everyone knows what is going on, and how to make the necessary adjustments for all concerned. Almost all of the costs associated with autism are the costs associated with adulthood. If this fact is understood, and help is found early on, those costs tend to drop significantly.

There are some people that believe vaccinations have contributed to the growing number of children with autism. There have been numerous tests and large amounts of research to study this theory, and despite most findings concluding that vaccinations don’t cause autism, a number of parents and doctors aren’t convinced.

The link between the two came about because childhood vaccinations are administered around the same time that most children first show signs of autism. If you’re concerned about these autism statistics and the possible link to vaccinations talk to your doctor for more information.

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