Autism cases in U.S. jump to 1 in 45: Who gets the diagnosis, in 8 simple charts

The Washington Post- To your health

By Ariana Eunjung Cha November 13, 2015

Autism cases in U.S. jump to 1 in 45 due to improved questionnaire
The prevalence of autism in children ages 3 to 17 went up from 1 in 80 to 1 in 45, according to a 2014 survey. Lead author Benjamin Zablotsky, an epidemiologist at the NCHS, said that this uptick is due to an improved questionnaire and appears to be a more consistent with other reports.

The study also found that children diagnosed with autism had high rates of co-occurring conditions. 62.6 percent also have LDs and 42.8 percent have ADHD. In 2014, 75 percent were male, 25 percent female.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, the high incidence of ASD now reported reflects better diagnosis as well as a revised classification condensing several autistic-like disorders into one. Unfortunately, the origins of these disorders remain elusive.

Importantly, Levinson has long recognized that autistic individuals have a coexisting cerebellar-vestibular (CV) dysfunction which results in dyslexic or LD and ADHD symptoms. And these overlapping disorders and symptoms can be effectively treated with CV enhancing meds and other therapies—resulting in major overall improvements in functioning.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or

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