Autism spectrum disorder affects one in 68 kids: CDC

It was estimated that one in 68 children aged eight years had autism spectrum disorder in 2012, compared to the previous figure of one in 88 children in 2010.

It has been said that autism prevalence in Australia is in line with the US and the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the “proportion of children with autism and higher IQ is on the rise”.

Based on diagnoses of eight-year-olds at 11 US sites, the findings showed the prevalence of autism varied widely, from one in 175 children in Alabama to one in 45 children in New Jersey.

The data continued to show that autism is five times more common in boys with one in 42 boys diagnosed, compared to one in 189 girls. 

But the findings were marked by significant variations in prevalence by race/ethnicity and level of intellectual ability.

“The extent to which this variation might be attributable to diagnostic practices,

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