BALTIMORE, MD – Autism rate continues to rise nationwide, and Maryland is the second in the country in the number of children with autism, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control. The study uses research from Rutgers University Researchers gathered and found that Maryland's autism rates have risen 10 percent since 2004 and it looks as if they will continue to climb.
Data from the CDC show that on average, autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 59 children in the US (1 in 38 boys, 1 in 152 girls). The findings are based on 11 sites, including Maryland (which has an autism prevalence of 1
One in 34 New Jersey children (three percent of all eight-year-olds) has autism, according to the study, as the highest in the country. Maryland has the second highest rate of autism, at one in 55, the CDC reports
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"Pathfinders for Autism is deeply concerned about the impact the increasing number of children with ASD will have on our congested public schools and adult care facilities," said Maryland's largest group , which works for children with autism. "Maryland's public school system is unable to meet the needs of more than 11,000 children with ASD, children with autism are becoming adults with autism, many need support." Our adult service system has thousands of adults with developmental disorders on waiting lists continue effective treatments and interventions that have gaps in patient care and may reduce their quality of life and long-term potential.
"While we recommend the state of Maryland for its recent budget approval, another 100 autism waiver slots and 800 Thousands of people still rely on services to provide slots on the DDA waiting list, "said the group," Pathfinders for Autism urges our leaders to recognize that the rate of autism is rising year after year. "Maryl and must acknowledge the increasing demand for services and families and develop a plan to expand support and services and adequate funding to meet the needs.
Researchers warn that high rates do not necessarily mean that more children with autism live in Maryland, but instead data may suggest that children with autism are more likely to be diagnosed while living here, but there is not enough information To be sure.
"Other states may have underestimated the autism rate," said Dr. Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and senior investigator of the study.
The study also revealed For the first time there was no racial disparity in diagnosis rates. Public awareness of autism is behind this change.
Nationwide, boys are diagnosed four times more often than girls, compared to Maryland, in the boy 4.5 times more often than girls are diagnosed.
Autism Spectrum St Disorder is a developmental disorder that can cause "significant social, communication and behavioral challenges," says the CDC. People with autism can "communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people." The learning, thinking, and problem-solving skills of people with ASD can range from highly gifted to severely disadvantaged. "
There is no medical test for autism; instead, it is diagnosed based on behavioral traits. Most people with autism are diagnosed as children, but some can be diagnosed as adults.
These behaviors may be indicative of an autism spectrum disorder:
- Rarely or not babbling
- Lack of eye contact or smile
- No interest on faces
- Unusual, high squeak
9-24 months old age
- Any signs of regression
- Rare reaction to social interactions
- Reduced eye contact
- Limited facial expressions
- Inconsistent response to name (in the absence of hearing loss)
- No words after 16 months or no 2-word sentences after 24 months  Use the hand of another person as a tool
- Limited use of gestures (in particular pointing)
- Do not just learn new interactive routines
- Echo of what others say, without regular spontaneous speech
- Too much of an unusual object  Repetitive or strange play or other behavior
- O dd sensory interests (fans, lights, spiders)
- Existence on equality; Resistance to Change
For more information on families with autism, visit www.pathfindersforautism.org
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