New Study Reaffirms: #Autism Epidemic Continues to Affect 1 in 40 Kids

By Dr. Bob Sears TACA Physician Advisory member   Earlier this week the US Census Bureau released data on 50,000 American children from their 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health and found that 2.5% of kids, or 1 in 40, have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (1.)    As each survey or prevalence study…

Autism rate: 1 in 59 Kids. It’s time to care.

By Dr. Bob Sears – TACA Physician Advisory Board   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that autism now affects 1 in 59 children in America (1.) I am not surprised by this statistic because I, and every other pediatrician down here in the trenches, have known this for years. What…

#Autism is now 1 in 45 – will anyone listen?

By Lisa Ackerman In December 2013 the University of Minnesota published a study regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results documented the  ASD overall rate: 1 in 48.  Another major finding from the Somali population showed autism rates are 1 in 32 (1.) In a new report released today two startling findings (2)…

AUTISM UN-AWARENESS MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE

   About fifteen years ago I met my very first mother of a child with autism who asked for something different. I remember it very clearly: mom told me her daughter had a yeast problem and wanted fluconazole. Flu-what-a-zole? Fluconazole – better known by the brand name Diflucan. Tempted to do what every other doctor…

Is the CDC stepping up autism monitoring?

By Lisa Ackerman The CDC recently announced: they are stepping up autism monitoring (1.) At first, I got excited: Researchers at 10 sites across the country will comb data from 2014 to determine up-to-date autism rates in their communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this month. Then I read further: As in…

NEW STUDY DEMONSTRATES HOW PARENT-BABY INTERACTION MAY REDUCE AUTISM SYMPTOMS

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member     We all know that early behavioral interventions for autism help improve a child’s developmental skills. Yet, we’ve always focused on this concept once a child is diagnosed with autism. This typically doesn’t happen until age two or three years, and behavioral therapy doesn’t…

So Autism Has Risen Another 30% in two years to 1 in 68. Who Cares?

By Dr Bob Sears The reason we don’t have to care is because autism has ALWAYS been this common. There’s no real rise; we’ve just gotten better at diagnosing it. The government and many health experts are very adamant about this “fact” because, if word gets out that autism is truly on the rise, people…

Autism now affects 1 in 68 U.S. children

By Lisa Ackerman This is the third year in a row the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced new autism rates right before April (1), a month that has been designated as autism awareness month. For years, TACA likes awareness but appreciates ACTION hence why we call this effort #AutismActionApril. As I have mentioned…