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New study reveals autism prevalence in South Korea estimated to be 2.6 percent or 1 in 38 children
Date:5/8/2011

idemiological research efforts in India, South Africa, Mexico, and Taiwan, including the translation and adaptation of the gold-standard diagnostic instruments into languages spoken by more than 1.7 billion people worldwide.

"This is the first comprehensive population sample-based prevalence calculation in Korea, and replication in other populations is essential," explained Dr. Dawson. "Notwithstanding the need for replication, this study provides important evidence that the application of validated, reliable and commonly accepted screening procedures and diagnostic criteria applied to a total population has the potential to yield an ASD prevalence exceeding previous estimates."

"We know that the best outcomes for children with ASD come from the earliest possible diagnosis and intervention," concluded Dr. Kim and her colleague Dr. Koh from the Korea Institute for Children's Social Development, "Goyang City, host of the Korea study, has courageously responded to these study findings by providing comprehensive assessment and intervention services for all first graders entering their school system. We hope that others will follow Goyang City's example so that any population based identification of children with ASD is accompanied by intervention services for those children and their families."


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