Autism incidence higher than expected
Four of every 1,000 children aged 6 to 12 in China have autism, an incidence that experts say is higher than expected.
The figure has been uncovered in the first national epidemiological investigation into the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A total of 127,000 children were involved in the Chinese project, started in May 2013.
Symptoms include differences and disabilities in many areas including social communication skills, motor skills, and sometimes intellectual skills as well as unusual sensitivity to light and sound, or sensory cravings.
The investigation figures did not include children who stay at home or those in special schools, as they had already been diagnosed as ASD patients, said Wang Yi, vice-president of the Children’s Hospital at Fudan University in Shanghai, which led the project.