CDC: Numbers of Kids With Autism Surge
April 18, 2014- Tom
HARRISBURG- The numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders have
surged, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), and advocates in Pennsylvania are not overly surprised.
new numbers show one in 68 children tested has autism, a 29 percent increase
Spitale, executive director of Greater Pennsylvania Autism Speaks, says while
his organization would like to see those numbers going the other way, there is
earlier that we can intervene with services, behavioral services and any kinds
of therapies that are available to our families, the better off that child is
going to be down the road," he advises. "So intervention and early
intervention is definitely a big thing right now inside of our community."
studied 8-year-olds at 11 clinics across the country to come up with the new
Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Autism Services estimates that there are 55,000
children and adults with autism, based on 2013 figures.
says the ultimate goal for groups such as Autism Speaks is being involved in
finding a cure. He says, in the meantime, tracing the origins of autism is a
it's environmental is certainly something we are still looking into," he
says. "Whether it's biomedical is something that we're still looking into
as well, but we know it's happening in the womb now, which is extremely
important for us to identify."