April is Autism Awareness month. A small torrent of studies has recently been released, the most recent and most chilling among them is the report by the AAP -- "Autism prevalence now 1 in 68, varies by sex, race/ethnic group." -- makes the spreading of awareness all the more important.
The jump in prevalence represents a 30% increase, according to the survey, leading many researchers to now describe the occurrence of autism spectrum as common.
The study found the following:
- Intellectual ability of children with ASD varies greatly. About half of the children have average or above-average intellectual ability (i.e., IQ above 85) compared to only one-third 10 years ago.
- Boys remain more likely to be identified with ASD with one in 42 diagnosed compared with one in 189 girls.
- Prevalence also varied by racial/ethnic group, with non-Hispanic white...