About 1 of every 40 American kids, or about 1.5 million youths ages 3 to 17, have autism spectrum disorder, an umbrella diagnosis covering a range of neurological and developmental disorders that include autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Symptoms and severity vary dramatically from one person to another.
The findings on prevalence, published last week in Pediatrics, were based on a nationally representative sample of 50,212 children. The research also found that parents of kids with ASD are 44 percent more likely to report problems getting mental-health treatment for their children than are parents of children with other emotional, behavioral or developmental disorders. They also are 24 percent less likely to get help with care coordination.
Source: The Chronical Telegram Dec. 3, 2018 from wire reports
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