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US autism rate increases to 1 in 40 children: Report

MONDAY, 26 November, 2018 (HealthDay News) – A new government study found that about 1 in 40 US children have…

MONDAY, 26 November, 2018 (HealthDay News) – A new government study found that about 1 in 40 US children have autism, a big jump from the previous estimate of 1 in 59 children.

The survey asked parents for more than 43,000 children between 3 and 17 years if their children had ever been diagnosed with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and if the child in question still fought with an ASD.

The study author Michael Kogan offered several explanations for the difference between the previous figure from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Figures from the National Child Health Examination from 2016.

First, he noted that “because there is no biological test for ASD, it is difficult to track. ” And he added that different data collection methods can produce very different results.

For example, Kogan pointed out that CDC only collected information about 8-year-olds living in 1

1 residential areas. By comparison, the most recent survey looked at a far broader age range and is the first effort to be national.

The latest figure is also based on a later time frame than the CDC’s latest review 2014, noted. And his findings are derived from information collected from parents, while CDC conducted a review of medical and school posts.

“I do not know if” surprised “is the word I would use,” said Kogan about his team. “We started the study knowing that the incidence of ASD had increased over the past 30-40 years.”

Kogan acts as head of the Epidemiological and Research Bureau’s Office in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of US Health Resources and Services Administration.

Apart from arriving at an estimate of autism prevalence, investigators noted that more than a quarter of children with ASD (27 percent) took some form of medication to deal with disease symptoms. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) had acquired behavioral therapy during the year leading to the survey.

However, parents of children with autism indicated that their children had greater care needs – and had more problems with getting care – compared to those struggling with other comparable conditions such as ADHD, depression and anxiety, Down’s syndrome, behavioral or behavioral problems, intellectual or learning disabilities and / or Tourette’s syndrome.

Specifically, parents said they were 44 percent more prone to having mental healthcare problems, 24 percent less prone to healthcare coordination, and 23 percent less likely to have a “medical home” for their child, which means a single team of healthcare providers.

The results were published online on November 26th in the journal Pediatrics .

Thomas Frazier, Chief Scientist at Autism Speaks, expressed some surprise about the results.

“The y generally corresponds to earlier parental studies and other direct prevalence studies where researchers directly look at and try to identify autism,” he said, adding that the CDCs are “probably a little conservative.”

Why estimates generally have risen In recent years, Frazier rejected the idea that the total proportion of American children with autism is growing so rapidly and instead proposes that the analytical methods become “more liberal and inclusive.”

As regards the broader issue of access to care Frazier agreed that There is an urgent need for better access to early screening and subsequent treatment, especially for low-income families.

“At Autism Speaks, we have attempted through our autism treatment network to increase childcare and family practitioners awareness and screen capability,” in addition to providing “gold standard” healthcare he said.

And Frazier added that “early intensive dev elopmental and behavioral interventions are effective” especially when parents get the training as they need to be better positioned to help their child.

According to Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder refers to a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and non-verbal communication.

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There is more access to autism care at Autism Speaks.

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