I’ve noticed that when people speculate about the causes of autism, behavior disorders, or learning disabilities, the conversation often leads to the question of whether there are more cases these days or just more diagnoses.
Today’s Associated Press report — “Better diagnosis, screening behind rise in autism” — doesn’t clear things up.
Autism cases are on the rise again, largely due to wider screening and better diagnosis, federal health officials said Thursday….
“We’re not quite sure the reasons for the increase,” said Colleen Boyle of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the article, the 1 in 88 U.S. children have autism and related disorders. The previous estimate was 1 in 110.