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Autism Facts and Statistics

Prevalence of Autism in Children

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Boys are about four times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, with 1 in 34 boys identified with autism compared to 1 in 144 girls.
  • ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
Autism Facts and Statistics

Causes of Autism

  • Most autism cases are believed to be genetic.
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have an estimated 4.5 – 10.5% chance of having a second child with ASD, though more research is needed.
  • Extensive research has shown that vaccines do not cause autism.

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  • It is recommended that children with autism begin therapy as young as 2 years of age. Early intervention has been shown to help brain development and improve outcomes for communication, social skills, learning, and behavior.
  • Therapy based in applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most researched and widely recognized as the most effective treatment approach for autism.
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