According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with autism in the United States continues to increase. The latest data suggests that 1 in 88 American children (1 in 54 boys) has some form of autism spectrum disorder. This marks a 78% increase in diagnoses over the past decade.
In 2000, the diagnosis rate was estimated to be 1 in 150 children. Two years later, an average of 1 in 125 eight-year-olds was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In 2006, the number rose to 1 in 110 children (1 in 70 boys).