Nov 19, 2015 08:16 PM EST
Autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed in 1 of every 45 children between ages 3 and 17 years, according to a new study. This is a significant rise based on the CDC's estimated prevalence of 1 in every 68 from 2011 to 2013.
According to a report, the escalation partially follows after a different set of survey questions specific to autism spectrum disorder was given. The questionnaires were more connected with the ASD surveillance systems supported by the CDC including the National Survey for Children's Health.
However, advocators and educators are still expressing their concerns about how the community deals with children with autism along with the support needed. "Statistics definitely guide professionals and governments to figure out what services are needed in our community," ABC of N.C. Clinic and Child Development Center for children with autism psychologist Dr, Kelly O'Laughlin said.
Michael Rosanoff, an epidemiologist from Autism Speaks, a national advocacy group, implied that the new result still cannot replace the previous 1:68 estimate of CDC. "The 1 in 45 estimates is not surprising and is likely a more accurate representation of autism prevalence in the United States. This means that 2 percent of children in the U.S. are living with autism. The earlier they have access to care, services and treatment, the more likely they are to progress," he explained.
In addition, Guilford County Schools' consultant John Thomas suggested that schools may need to alter system on dealing with children with autism. "Now let's make sure our teachers understand those tools regardless of the kinds of classrooms we're dealing with. That's the necessity at this point," he said.
Thomas further implied that training should not be limited to early childhood teachers only. They should know how to determine impending signs of autism and how to deal with it appropriately. "It's going to have to include co-teaching between our experts who understand autism and the teachers, so teachers feel confident in what they have to do with their kids."
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