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SC AUTISM SOCIETY STATEMENT ON NCHS REPORT ON AUTISM PREVALENCE

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  • Susan Leiby
    March 20, 2013 For immediate release. For additional information, please contact: Kim Thomas, Interim Director, 803-750-6988 SC AUTISM SOCIETY STATEMENT ON
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      March 20, 2013

       

      For immediate release.  For additional information, please contact:

                  Kim Thomas, Interim Director, 803-750-6988

       

      SC AUTISM SOCIETY STATEMENT ON NCHS REPORT ON AUTISM PREVALENCE

      Estimates 1 in 50 Children Aged 6-17 Have an ASD

       

      Today the National Center for Health Statistics released their report, “Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children”.  Their latest study is based on 2011–2012 data, collected from a random-digit-dial telephone survey of households with children aged 0–17 years in the United States.  Both landlines and cellphone numbers were part of the study.  Almost 96,000 surveys were completed, and the overall response rate was 23%.  Parents were asked if they had ever been told that their child had an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

       

      The report states, “Based on parent reports, the prevalence of diagnosed ASD in 2011–2012 was estimated to be 2.00% for children aged 6–17. This prevalence estimate (1 in 50) is significantly higher than the estimate (1.16%, or 1 in 86) for children in that age group in 2007.”  It also indicated that those diagnosed since 2008 were more likely to have “mild ASD and less likely to have severe ASD”.

       

      It is important to note that this study is based solely on parent reporting.  No medical or educational records were reviewed, so the results cannot be clinically substantiated. 

       

      However, the results are consistent with the increase in ASD prevalence shown through other recent studies through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  These studies have indicated an increase in ASD prevalence from 1 in 150 in 2002 to 1 in 88 in 2008.  The results further support the need for additional services for individuals and families affected by ASDs, from early identification through adulthood.

       

      We eagerly await the next round of CDC statistics based on 2010 data.  The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) is presently reviewing clinical and educational records in 12 communities across the United States, including in South Carolina. 

       

      To read the complete NCHS report, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf.

       

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      Susan Leiby

      South Carolina Autism Society

      Communications & Events

       

      Upstate Office

      5 Century Drive, Suite 132

      Greenville, SC  29607

      Cell(864) 346-4180

       

      Visit us online at http://www.scautism.org

       

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