What Parents Need to Know About Autism

The CDC’s latest report shows who’s at risk.




  • One in 68 8-year-olds is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Boys are 4.5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
  • White children are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than black or Hispanic children.
  • Forty-four percent of kids with ASD have average or above-average intellectual ability.
  • The percentage of children identified with ASD did not change significantly between 2010 and 2012.
  • ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2, but most children are not diagnosed until after age 4.
  • About 43% of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by age 3.
  • An estimated 500,000 to 1 million American children ages 6-17 live with ASD.
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