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More Children Than Ever Before Living With Autism

More children than ever before are living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new data also shows:

  • ASDs are almost five times more common among boys than they are among girls
  • 1 in 88 children are living with ASDs, which is a 23% increase from the previous report in 2009
  • The largest increase has been seen in Hispanic and Black children
  • More children are being diagnosed at earlier ages, many by the age of 3

The CDC recommends you track your child’s development and act early if you are concerned. From birth to five years of age, children reach certain milestones in their behavior. A delay in reaching these milestones could be an early sign of an ASD or other developmental disease.

You can use free materials from the CDC to help track your children’s developmental milestones.

The CDC continues to research and provide data on ASDs, its risk factors and causes as well as provide resources for families with children with an ASD.

Learn more about the CDC’s new autism findings.