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50% spike in Autism among American kids and teenagers

What: People with autism struggle with social, emotional, and communication skills that typically develop before the age of three and persist throughout a person's life. About one in every 30 children and adolescents in America has autism.

After a sharp decline from 2016 to 2017, the prevalence of autism in America increased by 50% between 2017 and 2020. Because of better autism surveillance, the U.S. and Europe frequently have greater autism rates than other countries, according to researchers. Boys are far more likely than girls to receive an autism diagnosis, and children who are underprivileged or black are also more likely to do so.

When: On Tuesday, July 5, researchers who had gathered information from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) published their findings.

Whats’ next:The social stigma associated with autism has also diminished, and the average parent is now more aware of common early signs of autism than they were in previous years. Many parents are also much more willing to have their children screened.