One in 50 U.S. Children Has Autism

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By Traci Pedersen, Associate News Editor
Published March 30, 2013, on Psych Central

Autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, affect 1 in 50 American children, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The newest statistics are markedly higher than the CDC’s previous report on the disorder, which last year put prevalence at 1 in 88 children. However, these figures can’t be compared, the CDC says.

“These reports use different methods to answer different questions about autism,” said CDC representatives. “Both reports help paint a more complete picture of autism in our nation.” Read the full story.