A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the autism in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children, NBC News reported. The CDC said the figure almost certainly reflects more awareness and diagnosis of kids who would have been missed in years past. The new estimate for 2010 was a jump from one in 88 children in 2008, the last year for which numbers had been available. The CDC noted that the numbers vary greatly from state to state, and it did not use a nationally representative sample, but a look at groups of children in 11 states. Nonetheless, the findings show autism is far more common than people once believed and show it’s important to get kids diagnosed and into therapy as early as possible.
Autism Rates Jump by 30 Percent in Kids: CDC
Updated at 5:16 PM PST on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014