AUTISM

AUTISM

June 18, 2012

One in six kids has a developmental disability

Pediatrics; Rise in ADHD, autism diagnoses
Source: NY Daily News | BY LINDSAY GOLDWERT


The number of kids with developmental disabilities rose 17% in the past 12 years.

More than 15% of school-age kids - about 10 million children - had a developmental disability in 2006-08, according to a study released today in the journal Pediatrics, according to USA Today.

That's up from 12.8% in 1997-99.
Researchers see the chief reason for the jump is increased diagnoses for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Another reason may be the rise of premature birth, which leaves some babies with lasting impairments, says study author Sheree Boulet of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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