More you know, more you worry!

New autism numbers released Thursday suggest more U.S. children are being diagnosed with the developmental condition and at younger ages.

In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares with 1 in 54 identified with autism in 2016.

U.S. autism numbers have been on the rise for several years, but experts believe that reflects more awareness and wider availability of services to treat the condition rather than a true increase in the number of affected children…

“There is some progress being made and the earlier kids get identified, the earlier they can access services that they might need to improve their developmental outcome,” said CDC researcher and co-author Kelly Shaw.

Every little bit helps. Identifying symptoms and syndromes earlier, more thoroughly, with greater accuracy, then, more progress can stand on the shoulders of what preceded.

2 thoughts on “More you know, more you worry!

  1. Amy says:

    Bleh… except my brother is in the field and so I’m aware of a lot of ill-qualified psychologists following a flow chart trying to use drugs to “reduce symptoms by such percent” rather than addressing parents and kids as humans and being unable to ask basic questions what the issues at home are. Many are in it for the status and going with whatever new thing is “popular” that makes them money and makes them feel important, like they’re “making a difference” (a lot like Jennifer McCarthy)…and now elementary schools are putting up posters in the hallways “advertising” if “you have autism”…

    A lot of them are unimaginative people “diagnosing” a personality type different from them, that’s all. A la Meyers-Briggs, etc. I have two nephews from two brothers who are all NFJ or NTP, and ALL of them have been questioned whether they have autism…no, they don’t. They’re an abstract thinker. Humanity needs those; they’re your engineers, your inventors, your spiritual leaders and motivators who think outside the box.

    The way this is being pushed and advertised to generate business, I’m highly, highly skeptical of these numbers. It’s probably causing more life-long harm than good, like the over-disagnosis of ADHD in the 90s.

    • eideard says:

      Times change. Practices don’t necessarily change, do they? I haven’t been close to anyone in the field since my closest friend died over a decade ago. and though he was great working with kids, he never wanted to make it central to his work – and didn’t. I remember, though, one trip with him down to Columbia-Pres where he consulted and folks called him in on the spot to try to help a boy trapped inside himself…found on NYC streets and lucky enough to be turned over to them by the cops. And he worked it out on the spot…bringing the boy into communication. But, even then, turning him over to staff ASAP.

      He was dedicated to folks like himself. Military vets qualitatively damaged by injury and experiences.

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