Thursday, August 13, 2009
Clinic Notes: New Autism Rates
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, when I first started practicing nearly 40 years ago I never saw a case of autism. Now children with autism make up nearly 80% of my practice. And according to a new survey by the US Department of Health and Human Services the rates are going up again. Now the autism rates are at 1%. In other words, the odds of a child being diagnosed with autism now are 1 in 63. The new rates still find more boys with autism than girls. But the new stats show something even more interesting. A large number of children diagnosed with autism, over 30%, will loose their diagnosis. Interesting because for years we have been telling parents that autism was a lifelong disorder.