Prevalence of Autism Increases: 1 in 36 Children Now Identified with ASD,
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children in the United States has increased to an alarming rate of 1 in 36 kids, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an increase from the previously estimated number of 1 in 44 in 2018, and 1 in 54 in 2016.
The latest data from the CDC highlights the growing need for increased awareness, resources, and support for individuals with ASD and their families. Our clinical experts understand that early and intensive intervention is a gold standard that will lead to improved outcomes and allow for a better quality of life.
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex brain development disorders and is characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and emotional control.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning it affects each child differently. Every child has a unique set of characteristics, and each child's ability to communicate, process, socialize, and manage behaviors requires an individualized child-centered treatment plan.