A new report from the CDC shows that more children are being identified as having an autism spectrum disorder. One in 88 children in the United States falls within the spectrum, according to the report based on 2008 data from 14 communities. Autism spectrum disorders – ASDs – are nearly five times more common among boys.
ASDs affect a child’s ability to socialize, communicate and behave. Symptoms range from mild to severe.
Health officials urge parents to share any concerns they have about their child’s development with their family physician. Children with ASDs benefit from early treatment, health authorities say.