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Autism On the Rise

Is Autism on the Rise or Are Parents Misreporting?

Parents were alarmed when the one in 150 statistic was released a while back. Now, a new study says as many as one in every 91 children in the United States has been diagnosed with some form of the developmental disorder. The statistic is a result of 78,000 verbal interviews with parents of children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old. And, some experts worry that the numbers are inaccurate because there's no way of knowing who made those diagnoses. Additionally, experts say 40 percent of kids who were once diagnosed with some form of autism, no longer meet the criteria. Do you believe autism is on the rise or are parents who need resources too quick to label their offspring?

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mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I do think that parents looks for problems in their children, such as Autism, just because the media has made it so mainstream. I mean, think about ADD in the 90's. Everyone thought their children had ADD, even when their kids were just very active or not brilliant. I am worried that people are looking for their children to have Autism because it will give them an answer to any of the childs problems. It's sad, but people do it.
KAEB06 KAEB06 7 years
KAEB06 KAEB06 7 years
KAEB06 KAEB06 7 years
It also needs to be noted the therapies and other interventions these children are receiving and how they are changing their diagnosis. My son was diagnosed low-functioning Austism and now he is BARELY on the spectrum and is expected to be mainstreamed by the end of the year. So yes, a lot of times the label is thrown around but there are also a lot of kids losing their diagnosis due to therapies and bio-medically interventions.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Are there really parents labeling their children autistic on their own? Seems kind of strange to me, you would think it would be more sensitive testing and a wider scope of what they consider autistic, being done at their doctors offices.
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