Suddenly schools have more autistic kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated last year that autism increased 60 percent among boys and 48 among girls between 2002 and 2006. But a new study of Wisconsin’s schools that has national implications suggests the increase may mostly show that schools and doctors have gotten better at diagnosing the disorder.
The study, conducted by researchers from UW-Madison’s Waisman Center, also found that the number of autism cases identified in the state’s schools appears to be leveling off since the big increases of earlier years.
The CDC has calculated that 1 in 110 children now have the disorder, which is marked by difficulty communicating and socializing. The behaviors of people with autism are sometimes unusually repetitive, and their interests can be limited but very intense – leading to the term “little professor syndrome,” a nickname for Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
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