Autism - Autism Statistics
There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
If you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism.
Skyrocketing Prevalence - 2013 is 1 in 88
No More a Rare Disorder What is autism spectrum disorder? It's a developmental disability caused by neurological differences in the brain. Children suffering from the condition may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. Children with ASD might:
- Not point at objects to show interest
- Not look at objects when another person points at them
- Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- Appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
- Repeat actions over and over
Latest data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States, shows cases of autism have increased significantly in that country from 1 in 88 children in 2012 to 1 in 68 in 2014. Possible cause of increase:
- Better diagnosis
- Genetic factors
- Increased parental age
- Maternal stress
- Increased pollution
- Toxicity ingestion of heavy metals through food
Autism Diagnosis Age
- Age 2 years and under 18.7%
- Age 3 years 17.0%
- Age 4 years 13.0%
- Age 5 years 11.5%
- Age 6 years and over 39.9%
Among Adults with ASD
- Medical Conditions: gastro-intestional disorders (24% higher), hyper-tension (42% higher), diabetes (50% higher), obesity (69% higher), sleep disorders (90% higher)
- Psychiatric Conditions: anxiety (117% higher), depression (123% higher), suicide attempts (433% higher)
- identical twins: 75% concordant
- non-identical twins (same sex): 34% concordant
- non-identical twins (boy and girl): 18% concordant
- non-twin siblings: 8% concordant
- 38% Let's stop talking about cures for autism. There is no such thing.
- 30% Applied behavior analysis is just conditioning children with autism to pass as normal.
- 13% This story gives me hope for my own child with autism.
- 11% Applied behavior analysis is very expensive, but it should be available to all.
- 8% The effects of applied behavior analysis deserve further research.