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Child autism rates skyrocket: N.J. second highest in nation

autismawareness033012_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The numbers of children with autism spectrum disorders has grown at an alarming rate over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And N.J. still has one of the highest rates in the nation.

According to the Washington Post, autism rates have gone up by about 80 percent during the past decade. Latest research indicates that about 1 of 88 children in the United States has the condition.

The rate of autism among New Jersey’s children is about 1 in 49, according to Autism New Jersey, Inc. The report showed one of 29 New Jersey boys having ASD, and one in 172 girls with autism. New Jersey ranked second behind Utah in autism prevalence rates among U.S. states.

The survey provided reports on autism from 14 areas across the United States. Science Daily reported that the research showed that ASD conditions are about five times more prevalent in boys than girls -- with 1 in 54 boys and 1 out of 252 girls were diagnosed with autism.

CNN reports that estimates of children with autism in 2000 and 2002 were about 1 in 150. Numbers had risen to 1 in 125 8-year-olds with autism in 2004, and in 2006, the number had gone to 1 in 110.

The average age that children are being diagnosed with autism has fallen from 4½ to 4, but Coleen Boyle, director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities believes that it needs to be detected earlier.

"We heard from many parents that they were concerned long before their child was diagnosed,” Boyle said, according to USA Today. There is no known cause of autism, despite significant amounts of research in recent years.

 

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