Interesting article on autism

Discussion in 'Parenting News' started by Nancy, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Autism: A Year In Review

    In the United States, we've seen a fifteen-fold increase in autism diagnoses over the past two decades. In fact, it's currently estimated that almost 1% of US children have an autism-spectrum disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)), while the rates in US adults are largely unknown. Autism is described in the DSM-IV, listed as a disorder usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Autism is further categorized as a pervasive developmental disorder, falling within the autistism spectrum, along with Asperger's and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified.