5 Quick Facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Individuals with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.

The Center for Disease Control estimates:
  • 1 in every 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Five times more common among boys than among girls. 
  • ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups
  • The estimated prevalence of ASD has increased roughly 123% since 2002.
  • Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ > 85)  

Reference:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm.html
March 2014 report

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