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Autism Rates in Utah Skyrocket

Doctors are in denial as Autism rates in Utah almost double the national average.

Autism rates in Utah

Children with autism are unique and face challenges in learning to read. Photo: Anitajo70

Some people of the medical profession are skeptical of the recent data from the Center for Disease Control CDC that indicates a major increase in Autsim rates in Utah, and we agree.

One such neuropsychologist Sam Goldstein has been very outspoken saying the figures could be padded. Julia Lyon wrote about his thoughts on Autism rates in Utah as compared to other States in an article from the Salt Lake Tribune. He gave some pretty good reasons what he believes are inaccurate figures as he presented his insight.

“The incidence of autism across the U.S. will vary based on knowledge of the community, professionals in the community who have an interest in the condition,” he said.

Critics question whether increased awareness accounts for the jump, or the expanded definition of autism spectrum disorders. Children may be being misdiagnosed, or parents may be seeking the diagnosis to access services.

Some experts say a high number of children may have always had such behaviors but were described by other labels or not seen as disabled. Others suggest the high rates prove educators and health care providers are doing their jobs well, and kids are getting the help they need even earlier.

To read the whole story go here…

Now how could the data be blown up to show such and increase of Autism rates in Utah?

Is autism the diagnosis of the decade. Do you think the increase in Autism awareness may bring about a rush to diagnose the disease? Are medical professionals better at making the diagnosis in Utah as opposed to other states like Alabama which had the lowest rate of diagnosed Autism disorders?

Will some doctors be too quick to go with the diagnosis? It’s no easy task to diagnose autism. No blood test, or something you can determine in a laboratory in a few hours. We’ve written of stories where parents have been frustrated having to wait for several years to get a correct diagnosis.

Will autism be the syndrome of the future that inspires pharmaceutical companies to come up with all kinds of new expensive drugs? Will Big Pharmacy then gratuitously encourage doctors to dispense massive amounts of pills to recap their expenses?

Are some parents actually eager to get their child diagnosed as disabled to play the system?

Recently scientist have made breakthroughs in identifying how genes mutate and cause a specific type of autism. The hope is that someday there will be some kind of test to get a quicker more exact diagnosis of the disorder that is causing the behavior.

Is there something in the water or are medical practitioners in denial? All the answers remain to be played out so please write your comments below.  Tell us why you believe the Autism rates in Utah have exploded.