Everybody Chill: The Rate is Better Diagnosis

Sorry, but I will not sugarcoat it. I don’t know how. By now, I’m sure you have heard that the new autism prevalence is 1 in 59, up from 1 in 68. And do you know what? I don’t think sugarcoating applies here. If we did not attach a stigma or hate to an autism diagnosis, as American society tends to do to the non-white-bread types, I would not have to warn you.

 Now, let’s get down to your real question: Why? What could be the cause of a higher prevalence than before in the United States? I just put a clue up above. It’s wider screening, especially among children of color. A recent article by the Associated Press cited closing gaps of diagnosis between Black (20% gap – 10% gap) and Hispanic (50% gap – 20% gap) children. It looks like we’re casting wider nets than ever to grab these children and propel them toward a new understanding.

 So, what are we supposed to do with this new information. Well, I’ve got a strange idea: Close your eyes, relax, and see this new rate for what it is: good news on better understanding your kids.

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cambriaj1977

Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

2 thoughts on “Everybody Chill: The Rate is Better Diagnosis”

  1. It’s probably also because children are being diagnosed younger and younger. I have to wonder whether that’s always a good thing for the children, to be catalogued so early. It’s all to the good if it’s an actual disease that’s in question. But “developmental” means that the problems that seem to exist at age two may no longer exist at age four or later, so the “interventions the child is subjected to may be either unnecessary or outright harmful.

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