The likelihood of a child being diagnosed with Autism and like disorders has increased to one in 88, up more then 20 precent, from 2006 to 2008 according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report shows the steady increase of diagnosis from one in 155 children in 2002 till on in 88 in 2008 reported The New York TImes. That is a 78 percent increase since 2002.
According to USA Today, the increase was seen more in Hispanic and African American children then in Caucasian children.
The increased in Autism, along with other related disorders is seen more in boys then it it is in girls. Of boys 8-years-old, one in 54 will be diagnosed, while girls 8-years-old have a one in 252 chance of being diagnosed reported The New York TImes.
The reasons for the seen increase is thought to be a mixture of the broad definition for what Autism is, the increased awareness, or actual increases in children with the disorder reported The New York Times.
The New York Times reported that the doctors working to update the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are giving a new more specific definition of Autism, and will be released sometime in 2013.
According to USA Today, these numbers given by the C.D.C. were gathered from 14 surveillance sites around the nation that record the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with Autism and other related disorders.