CDC Finds More Preschoolers Have Autism
April 15, 2019
By: Michelle Diament
Source: Disability Scoop
New federal figures indicate that autism prevalence among young children is on the rise.
The number of 4-year-olds with the developmental disorder increased from 1 in 75 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 kids in 2014, according to data published late last week in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The findings are the latest to emerge from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Traditionally, the network tracks prevalence among 8-year-olds using a review of health and educational records in certain geographic areas across the country. More recently, the agency has expanded its surveillance work to look at 4-year-olds and 16-year-olds.