A common question is what are the autism rates in the United States. The current answer is 1 in 54. Here’s a quick glance at what they’ve been over the past 35-40 years. Today’s rates (for the year 2020) are based on data collected in 2016 among 8 year olds diagnosed with autism. Another thing to note is that in 1980 a diagnosis of Infantile Autism was first added as its own diagnosis to the DSM III.
If you are noticing signs of autism in your child, please consult with your pediatrician. Early Intervention is so important and the sooner you can get it, the better. You may also be interested in the free Autism Activity Guide below. In this guide I explain ways to engage your child in play to increase developmental progression. Whether or not your child has autism, there are simple suggestions that you can do at home to promote increased learning.