Study Suggests Autism Isn’t Actually Getting More Common Photo: Getty Images / The Bump
The debate continues about whether autism is becoming more widespread or if it’s just more often diagnosed because we’re more aware of it. That’s because of stats like these from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: From 1994 to 2005, the number of children getting help for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) jumped from 22,664 to a whopping 193,637 in this country.
But a new study suggests the latter theory -- that ASD may be more likely to be diagnosed in a child with the same symptoms than it was in previous generations. In the study, researchers in England did assessments of a random sample of over 7,000 adults. The rate of autism in the adults was about 0.98 percent -- a similar rate for kids in the country that year (2007). The difference was, with adults, the autism was less likely to have been previously diagnosed.
Do you think autism is getting more common? Or are we just more aware of it than previous generations?
Plus, reach out to other Bumpies on Autism.
See More: Parenting Expert
recently added questions