Why is Autism on the Rise?

February 18, 2019

Statistics show that the prevalence rate of autism has been increasing. For example, the rates increased from 1 in 41 in New Jersey reported in 2016 to 1 in 34 reported last year.

Autism is a complex condition. No single factor can explain why more children are being identified with autism, although a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role.

In addition, some of the increase in the rates in the CDC’s study may be caused by changes in the criteria for diagnosis, greater awareness, and better record keeping. Read more about prevalence>>


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Two-minute questionnaire may detect autism
Rutgers Today, 2/5/2018
A new two-minute questionnaire for parents could help pediatricians detect autism in toddlers earlier, at a time when intervention might be crucial, a new study indicates.

Take the PDQ-1 Questionnaire