More American children than ever have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis: one out of every 68 children, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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The new report does not identify why cases are on the rise. But beyond environmental factors, experts think more autism awareness and media attention play a part.
Experts say it’s important for parents to talk to their pediatrician about any of their concerns. Also, they should remember that developmental delays can have many causes and that early intervention leads to the best outcomes.
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