New Jersey has had the nation's highest degree of autism. But a new study by the CDC shows that the number of new cases has grown significantly in recent years.
The seven-state study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the rate of autism dose among 4-year-olds increased by 43 percent between 2010 and 2014.
This follows a study released last year that found an increase in diagnosis among 8-year-olds.
Walter Zahorodny, a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Pediatric Professor, who led the New Jersey portion of the study, said the results were "spectacular."
"It is very likely that the next time we examine child autism, the rate will be even higher," he said. 1
New Jersey 101.5 will hold a special Autism City Hall event on April 25, which takes a look at the resources available to families and what parents can expect when their children with autism reach adulthood.
The national autism rate is 1.7%, while New Jersey is 3%.
The latest study found that among 4-year-olds in New Jersey, 1 out of 35 had autism. Nationally, the price was 1 in 59. Among the 8-year-olds, the New Jersey Prize was 1 in 34.
Doctors believe that the earlier a child is diagnosed, the better the child responds to the treatment. The ideal age to be diagnosed is 2, but the average age of the diagnosis is after a child becomes 4.
Zahorodny said there is a need for more research into "in non-genetic triggers for autism" as f .g. Environmental risks or other factors that may affect an unborn child or cause complications in the birth.
Sergio Bichao is the deputy digital editor of New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email email@example.com .