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The latest research indicates that ASD occurs in 1 out of every 44 children born in the US. In Maine, the latest data indicates that the rate of Autism in the state is between 3-3.90%. That’s about twice the national average.

Sources:

  1. https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/autism-rates-by-state
  2. https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-statistics-asd

Yes – ASD rates are increasing. From 2001 to 2015, the number of Autism diagnoses (ages 3-21) has increased by over 400%. The most likely reasons for the increase in diagnoses include:

  • Improvements in the assessment process
  • Increased awareness of Autism
  • Expanded access to testing

Source:

  1. https://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/living-with-autism/2016-autism-maine.pdf

There is no medical test (i.e. blood draw or x-ray) that can be used to detect Autism, it can only be diagnosed after a careful review of a child’s development. Most often, this assessment is provided by a pediatric behavioral specialist, developmental specialist, or neurologist.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

Current research does support the idea that Autism is about 4x more common in boys than in girls. However, ASD can affect anyone regardless of gender, race and socioeconomic status. It’s important to note that rates of Autism often appear lower in communities with limited access to healthcare services.

Source:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-statistics-asd

If your child has been diagnosed with ASD or, if you and your pediatrician believe it’s likely your child will be diagnosed, start exploring treatment options as soon as possible. Research shows that early intervention is the best way to support healthy development and reduce challenges.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

Most children are diagnosed around age 4 but, improvements in the assessment process have made a reliable diagnosis possible for children as young as 18 months.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

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