Autism Cases on the Rise
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However, the AAP does not rule out the possibility that there has been a true increase in ASD cases. It is currently preparing studies to be conducted over time that examine ASD rates in the same population group and use the same classification methods.
Heightened awareness among doctors and parents has made ASD easier to diagnose. The AAP advocates early screening, between the ages of 18 and 24 months, in order to implement effective intervention and treatments. They believe catching ASD and beginning treatment as early as possible are key factors in helping children with this disorder meet their potential.