U.S. Autism Rate Plateaus After steadily increasing for a decade, the rate of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States has remained steady for three years (2014–2016), according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The conclusion is based on information from the annual National ... News in Brief
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U.S. Autism Rate Plateaus
The ASHA Leader, March 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23032018.12
The ASHA Leader, March 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23032018.12
After steadily increasing for a decade, the rate of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States has remained steady for three years (2014–2016), according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The conclusion is based on information from the annual National Health Interview Study, in which more than 30,000 parents reported whether their children had been diagnosed with ASD.
In the letter, University of Iowa researchers indicate that “the estimated ASD prevalence was 2.41 percent among U.S. children and adolescents in 2014–2016, with no statistically significant increase over the three years.”
Researchers acknowledged that their findings were higher than the most recent estimate from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network (a program of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), but attributed some of those differences to participant characteristics and study design.
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