Autism in­ci­dence higher than ex­pected

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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