Autism Diagnoses On The Rise

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- More children are being diagnosed with autism, according the the Centers for Disease Control.

The rate of autism diagnosis has gone up almost 30 percent in the past five years. Now 1 in 68 children are being born autistic.

Dr. Robert Fern, a pediatrician wit Valley Pediatric Group in Waynesboro said there are a few reasons for the steady rise. One of those is that doctors are getting better at detecting milder forms of autism. He is also seeing more children being born with the disorder.

Lynda Chandler's son, Valor, is autistic, and she said support for autistic children is still hard to come by, even though the numbers are rising.

"They need educational supports obviously because right now this is where he is growing and shaping and learning to be a citizen. They also need people in our society to be understanding, to be patient, to embrace differences," said Chandler.

She is also involved in a 5k race for autism here in the Valley.


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