A Troubling Trend

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According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released last week, New Jersey preschoolers have the highest autism rate in the country. The rate among children has tripled in a generation, with one in 35 New Jersey children being diagnosed with autism by age four, based on the most recent surveys.

In 1992, the autism rate was at one percent. Nearly a decade ago, in 2010, it was at three percent. According to the study, the rate jumped another 43 percent from then to 2014. One in 23 4-year-old boys in the state is now diagnosed with autism (boys are three-and-a-half times as likely to be diagnosed, according to the study).



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