One question that parents of children on the autism spectrum as well as autism professionals are asking themselves is whether or not we are facing an autism epidemic in the United States. Autism spectrum disorder prevalence rates jumped from 1 in 150 children to 1 in 110 children. Is this jump due to better diagnostics from today’s professionals? Is this jump due to those that are mildly affected by autism marrying and having children, thus passing on genetic traits to their children? Is this jump due to external factors like vaccines?
Honestly, I don’t know.
An article that appeared in The Lakeland Times addresses the autism epidemic topic.
In the politically-tinted scientific world, there is what might be called a spectrum of causality, a sweep of beliefs about autism yielding two opposing viewpoints – those who believe the globe is engulfed in an autism pandemic constituting a major public health crisis, and those scientists who say it is all a myth.
What do you think? Should the rise in autism cases be considered an epidemic or not?