1 in 44 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism in 2018

CDC researchers analyzed data from 11 states and found that 1 in 44 8-year-olds had been diagnosed with autism in 2018, compared with 1 in 54 in 2016. Another CDC report found children had 50% higher odds of being diagnosed with autism by age 4 in 2018 than in 2014, suggesting that “[t]here 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,” CDC researcher Kelly Shaw said.

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