How to find out if your child has autism
The prevalence of autism has doubled in the past five years, according to new research.
The research from the University of Calgary, which looked at more than 2,500 children in the US, found the percentage of children who had autism rose from 9.6 per cent in 2014 to 14.4 per cent the year after the recession.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that children who have been diagnosed with autism are five times more likely to die.
The number of children with autism increased from 5,854 in 2014-15 to 7,927 in 2017-18, the study found.
The researchers said the rise in the prevalence of the condition had a wide-ranging impact on families and the economy, which could impact on the healthcare system.
“Our findings suggest that the rise is driven by a growing population of children living with autism, and by an increase in the use of diagnostic criteria to diagnose autism, especially in the last two decades,” the study authors said.
“Autism is not a disease, but a constellation of disorders, many of which can be treated effectively with medication.”
The study’s lead author, Dr Sarah Mankowski, said the study showed the impact of the recession on the lives of children.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact this recession has had on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children,” she said.
Dr Mankowski said the recession was the worst in the United States since the Great Depression.
“This was the most severe downturn since World War II,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“In terms of child deaths, it was the highest since the 1980s.”
Children are dying in greater numbers, their deaths are higher, and they’re more difficult to care for.
“Dr Minkowski said there was no evidence the recession caused autism.”
We’re not saying it causes autism, but there is some evidence that people with autism have lower levels of social and emotional functioning than their peers,” she added.
The findings have implications for autism services in Australia, she said, because the government does not fund research on the disorder.
Dr Tom McAllister, from the Autism Association of Australia, said families were not getting adequate help.”
There are very limited resources for families,” he said.
Mr McAllisters said autism was a complex issue and families were struggling to understand it.”
They can’t understand how someone who’s not born with autism can be autistic,” he told ABC radio Brisbane.
The Queensland Government said it was committed to improving the health of children in Queensland, but the report found some of the problems were not being addressed.”
The report is of a piece with our broader health agenda,” Health Minister Kate Jones said.
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