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Autism Rates Now 1 in 68 U.S. Children - CDC - 30% Increase

Autism Rates Now 1 in 68 U.S. Children: CDC

    

One in 68 U.S. children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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VIDEO: Study warns of higher risk of autism for kids born to men over 45

(CNN) -- One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey.

The incidence of autism ranged from a low of 1 in 175 children in Alabama to a high of 1 in 45 in New Jersey, according to the CDC.

Children with Autism continue to be overwhelmingly male. According to the new report, the CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys has autism, 4.5 times as many as girls (1 in 189). http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/health/cdc-autism/index.html?cm

This is a significant increase over the figures published in 2012. New Haven Public Schools have intervention and support programs that make a significant difference on helping students to function effectively and mitigate the effects of this disorder.  In a television program done with OneWorld and published on April 1, 2014, representatives from Benhaven, Inc, NHPS and Integrated Wellness provided key pieces of information that will prove helpful to parents, teachers, administrators and the community.  Benhaven, Inc has an extensive program that helps people all along the Spectrum, and offers services to various school districts: https://www.benhaven.org/

http://youtu.be/LOGKJYr6Ty0 - Autism Spectrum Disorder Services in Greater New Haven and in New Haven Public School (NHPS), Benhaven, Inc, and Integrated Wellness participated.  OneWorld offers a full 1-hr DVD of the complete program through our web site: http://www.oneworldpi.org/index.html

Early intervention is the best medicine for effective outcomes.  We encourage parents and guardians to seek the advice of professionals if they have any concerns about their infant's behaviors or functions.  Dr. Maysa Akbar, Integrated Wellness, stressed that early intervention can make a positive difference for children on the early end of the Spectrum.

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