The latest health survey and report showed an alarming increase in autism. The survey showed how this disorder is steadily becoming common in kids.
The health survey showed 15 percent rise in the number of children with autism:
The latest survey, that was conducted in the United States, showed that 15 percent rise in the number of children with autism in 2014 over 2012, from 1.5 percent of kids to 1.7 percent.
The healthy survey further showed that the super-developed, strong surveillance and states with good records have a low number of autism in their children. As the diagnoses of this disorder are far more common than in states where it’s harder to gather health information.This suggests that many kids are still not getting a diagnosis that is badly affecting their health and fitness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their report, in which the researchers said: “With the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder reaching nearly 3 percent in some communities and representing an increase of 150 percent since 2000, autism spectrum disorder is an urgent public health concern.”
What is ‘Autisim’? And do we have it in Pakistan?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.“
Walter Zaharodny, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School believes that “Early intervention could make a dramatic difference or a significant difference in the child’s abilities and outcomes.”
Even though the survey was done in some states of US but even in Pakistan, autism is making its foot stronger each passing year.
Approximately, 350,000 children in Pakistan have autism according to The Nation’s report. Sadly, the number of children with autism is increasing day by.