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Special Education UPDATE: Autism Report 2018

Autism Update 2018

 

Autism, Shifting U.S. Standards Cloud the Number of Cases

Report shows more diagnoses by traditional criteria but a decline according to a newer standard

By Jo Craven McGinty WSJ

Are there more cases of autism than ever?

The answer may depend on which criteria are used to diagnose the developmental disorder.

The latest report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses two sets. One shows a growing number of children with autism. The other, when strictly applied, identifies 18% fewer cases.