Report Finds 30 Percent Jump in Kids Diagnosed with Autism

Dr. Richard Besser explains what is behind the dramatic increase.
3:00 | 03/28/14

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And we move on now to medical news and troubling new Numbers about autism. A new report finding a 30% jump in the number of children diagnosed with autism. ABC news chief medical editor Dr. Richard Besser is here to explain what's behind this. These are startling Numbers. 1 in 68 children now have been classified as having autism. 30% increase in the past two years. It was 1 in 88. Boys, four types more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girl. Why? A couple things going on. The data bawe have, school record, medical records and think parents of children with mildly affected autism are getting diagnosed more. But doctors also say there's an increase in real autism. So what do we take away from this? The big thing is the average age of diagnosis is 4. We have to drop that earlier. The earlier you diagnose, the better the treatment. Parents need to ask their kids' deers to screen at 18 months. You can pick it up then. Great advice from a pediatrician.

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