Autism Incidence I was taken aback at your report on autism spectrum disorder that claimed “It’s well-known that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 68 children in the U.S.” (“Report Illuminates ASD and Co-Occurring Conditions,” September 2017). There is no competent research that I know which would ever claim ... Inbox
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Autism Incidence
The ASHA Leader, December 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22122017.4
The ASHA Leader, December 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22122017.4
I was taken aback at your report on autism spectrum disorder that claimed “It’s well-known that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 68 children in the U.S.” (“Report Illuminates ASD and Co-Occurring Conditions,” September 2017).
There is no competent research that I know which would ever claim such an inflated number. In fact, articles have been written to decry the inflation of this diagnosis that has resulted from the expansion in the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] description from its original DMS-III protocol.
The standard 5 percent has, and still, reflects the actual diagnosis of autism without inflating that percent with children that others may think are “quirky” (for example, Thomas Edison) but are not disabled. It would be similar to labeling many songwriters, actors and actresses as manic- depressives or egomaniacs. An accurate diagnostic code is there for a reason and needs to be followed explicitly and not used to increase funding in schools, which is not infrequent today.
Please be responsible in your role as a provider of accurate, documented research. The world is sorely in need of unbiased data to make logical decisions these days.
Diana Lee Luxenberg, Three Rivers, California

The incidence of autism spectrum disorder in children has been estimated at 1 in 68 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. We should have noted that source in the article.

Correction
In an October letter to the editor (“In Support of APD,”), the name of the association of auditory processing specialists was incorrect. The correct name is the International Guild of Auditory Processing Specialists.
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