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New Jersey has 43% increase in ASD in 4 year olds; numbers expected to worsen

May 7, 2019, Press of Atlantic City: How do NJ's rates for autism affect educational services? In New Jersey, you’re more likely to come across a student diagnosed with autism than in any other state in the nation. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control, which used research from Rutgers University, found a 43% increase in the prevalence of autism in 4-year-olds in the state from 2010 to 2014, and that one in 35 students in New Jersey has been diagnosed. It’s a reflection of New Jersey’s ability to diagnose earlier, which leads to better outcomes for students, said Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School who directed New Jersey’s portion of the study…. Moscony said she isn’t surprised by the study’s findings. She said at the Special Services School, the number of children on the autism spectrum continues to grow, as do the services provided. In the past few years, the district has added four classes for students with autism. Autism rates in N.J. 4-year-olds rise dramatically, study finds Autism spectrum disorder rates in New Jersey 4-year-olds rose by 43 percent over a four-year…


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