Karen Senft, MD's blog

Autism: Understanding Recent Statistics

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a government agency, just released some new statistics regarding the prevalence of autism among American school children. It says 1 in 50 children have been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. Previously released data had the estimate much lower at 1 in 88 school children affected by autism.

Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Autism—it used to be considered a rare disorder. We now know that Autistic Spectrum Disorders are very common (just over one case per 100 children). Posters and news media have raised our level of awareness, and many parents worry about the possibility that their children may be affected. But, exactly what is autism?

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