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Bowling Green, MO: 1 in 40 kids with autism "accurate"; district expects numbers to rise

Dec 19, 2018, Bowling Green (MO) Times: Report: Autism rates continue to rise in U.S. http://www.bowlinggreentimes.com/report-autism-rates-continue-to-rise-in-u-s/ As many as 1 in 40 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism, showing a dramatic increase of 150 percent from 2000 when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the rate of diagnosis in the country was 1 in 150 children. … Researchers estimate that 1.5 million American children, ages 3 to 17, have been diagnosed with autism. … In her interview with the Bowling Green Times, [School District’s Special Education Director Janese Bibb] said that she believes the numbers reflected in the national survey and from the CDC as accurate…. In April, the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network that autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children based on medical and educational records of thousands of 8-year-olds from across the country. Closer to home, Bibb said close to 1 out of 80 students within the Bowling Green R-I School District are currently diagnosed with autism. … “Our numbers of students who have been diagnosed with autism has increased, not dramatically, but they have increased,” Bibb said. The local school district official said that communities will likely continue to see the numbers of students or individuals diagnosed with autism continue to increase. … Dr. John Constantino of Washington University, and one of the authors of the CDC report, said he too expects to see the autism rate stay fairly steady going forward in all of the different accounting methods. If the rate of autism does continue to rise, there may need to be some change in how the disorder is defined, according to Constantino. …