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Autism Numbers Continue To Rise

Autism Numbers Continue To Rise

USA- A recent survey shows US kids are showing that Autism is becoming more common from one state to another. As per the survey, there was a 15 percent rise as of 2014, with Children being Autistic. This is a big jump from the 1.5-1.7 percent of kids with Autism in 2012, keep in mind the researchers want to clarify that the number is not from the entire country. It does show however that in some of the states that keep a good track of their diagnosis, and other states who don't, this means that there is a lot of kids in other states, who are not keeping good record of diagnosis, will often go without any help that could come for a diagnosis. With autism becoming a more common diagnosis which can affect nearly 3 percent in communities and showing an increase of 150 percent since the year 2000, this Autism Spectrum is something that they should be looking at urgently. This was according to the research that was published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). There is currently a National Autism Monitoring Network, set up by the CDC to keep an eye on Autism.

There has been a steady increase in Autism diagnosis, it estimates that 1 in 68 American kids will be diagnosed with Autism. There are some new numbers from 11 states that show this number could be much higher, 1 in 59 kids. The Autism spectrum ranges from mild to severe mental issues that come with repetitive behavioral issues, to even the inability to communicate with others. As Autism runs in the family, genes play a big part. Autism has no cure, but there have been some experiments done that suggest there might be some for children in the future that will help them overcome difficult situations. Research being done earlier in the children's lives could help them find a cause as well as monitor and treat them while they are young. An early diagnosis can make a big difference in a child's development says Walter Zaharodny, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, he contributed information from his state to this survey, he assures that the most important thing to do is to use an Autism Screener early in the child's development. Research on the states of  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin looked at the education and health records of 325,483 eight-year-old children back in 2014.

In 2014 the general presence of the Autism Spectrum disorder that the 11 sites were monitoring was at 16.8 percent per 1,000 which was 1 in 59 children that were 8 years old, as written by the researchers. Males are four times more susceptible to be diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum. This ranges from 1.3 of children of Arkansas to 2.9 percent difference in New Jersey, this does not mean something is affecting kids in New Jersey more, explained Zaharodny. They must have good record keeping, monitoring and better services for New Jersey, which is why they could have more cases being reported. New Jersey is a good state to conduct this study because they have a well established and sophisticated public education, which is also well funded. They also have a good specialist in their region. The researchers noted that there were more black children and children with high IQ's that were diagnosed with Autism in their latest collection of information, but Zaharodny adds that he does not think that better diagnosis and record keeping alone is increasing the numbers of children being diagnosed. There is not a lot of evidence to suggest that being more aware of Autism has increased the diagnosis.

Children don't often get diagnosed at earlier stages even though there have been efforts to have pediatricians start screening for Autism in smaller children. There is always a demand for more services. The risks for Autism are still undefined, things that could affect children in their development from the womb or during birth complications, as well as the newborn period are still undefined. There needs to be more research done on the genetic markups of Autism. A lot of studies have shown that vaccines are not linked to, or cause Autism, but it does not include anything else that could be going on earlier in their life, Zaharodny says that the factors could also be part of the broader environment. Every community is affected, whether rich, urban, rural, poor, black or white, everyone has been affected by the increase in Autism diagnosis which is no surprise for Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America who in a statement said they are constantly seeing an increase in needs for this service. Despite the fact that Autism is increasing in numbers including in adults, Americans still continue to accept the fact that there is over 70 percent of autistic adults who are under or unemployed, and so many of these people are forced to live below the poverty line adds Zaharodny.

Unfortunately, financially stable people have better access to much-needed services than those who are low income, as they often end up on a long waiting list of 4-8 years for them to receive any government assistance and have to deal with very limited resources.


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