The CDC National Center for Health Statistics reported a dramatic increase in the number of school-age children currently diagnosed with autism. Five years ago, 1 in every 88 children had autism, whereas today there are about 1 in 50. This new statistic may even be an underestimation of the real prevalence, according to associate director for Public Health Research and Scientific Review at Autism Speaks.  Milder cases of autism account for majority of new diagnoses which indicates an improved ability to recognize autism spectrum disorders.  Appropriate diagnosis in these children could have a significant impact on how they function both in the classroom andtheir success throughout life.  How does appropriate diagnosis of disorders during childhood impact later development and treatment?

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