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S. Korean Study Suggests Autism Rate May Be Much Higher
Date:5/9/2011

, said that "one of the striking findings is that there were significant number of children who seem reliably identified as having an autism spectrum disorder who were in general education population and who were not previously identified as having any problem and who were receiving no services."

Though many of those cases of autism were on the mild end of the spectrum, he noted, some were more severe.

But Adesman said it seems likely that there are also children in U.S. schools who have an autism spectrum disorder that hasn't been identified.

"There are children who come into my practice at 7 or 9 years old who haven't yet been diagnosed," Adesman said.

The researchers said that replicating the results in other populations of children -- including in the United States and worldwide -- is essential.

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more on autism.

SOURCES: Young Shin Kim, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer, Autism Speaks; Andrew Adesman, M.D., chief, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; May 9, 2011, online, American Journal of Psychiatry


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