PEORIA - A new study estimates one in 50 children has been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control shows the disorder is more common than previously thought. In 2002, researchers estimated only one in every 150 had some form of autism.
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder have trouble with social interaction, communication and behavior.
One Easter Seals doctor said these new numbers will make it easier for caregivers to help children with autism.
"We are better able to detect milder forms of autism. Primary care physicians, particularly pediatricians are now much more aware of the possibility of autism," said Ronald Lindsay, Medical Director of Autism Services.
Lindsay said this new information will prompt doctors do more tests. He said that is what will help catch children who have those milder forms of autism.
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