Autism Affects 1 In 50 United States School Children, Says CDC

Patrick Frye

Autism affects one in 50 United States school age children, according to a new report by the US Center For Disease Control (CDC). The number of reported instances of autism have jumped dramatically since 2007 when the number of children effected by autism was said to be only one in 88 children.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, ultrasound scans can detect autism within the first few days of life. Autistic children also have a much higher rate of suicide, with 77 percent of those also suffering from depression reporting that they considered or attempted suicide. But it's also been discovered that the presence of cute animals help autistic children concentrate.

Report author Stephen Blumberg, a senior scientist at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, says that they were surprised by the results saying autism affects one in 50 US children: "This estimate was a bit surprising. There may be more children with autism spectrum disorder than previously thought."

Blumberg also pointed out that the average school bus holds around 50 children, so there is likely to be an autistic child aboard. Historically, boys were more than four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. But Blumberg also says that most of these newly diagnosed children with autism have a milder form of the mental problem.

Some scientists like Michael Rosanoff, associate director for Public Health Research and Scientific Review at Autism Speaks, believes that estimates of autism are being underestimated. Rosanoff says, "This study added to the evidence suggesting that we are underestimating the prevalence of autism in the United States."

The new statistic comes from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012. But Fox News points out that "the earlier government [autism] estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents [and] government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds."

Do you think the CDC estimate of autism affecting one in 50 US school children is accurate?