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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The only logical inference

From an NPR story on how a recent UC Davis study showed that autism diagnoses are significantly higher in upper income, well educated, white communities:
The California results also show how widely autism diagnosis rates can vary from place to place, Novella says. In some areas of the state, children were four times as likely to be diagnosed as in other areas.

That suggests that in many areas there are still a huge number of children with autism spectrum disorders who are slipping through the cracks, Novella says.

I can think of at least one other possibility that the data suggests.

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5 Comments:

  • Which alternate reason? There are several, eh?

    I might buy the "slipping through the cracks" theory, though. Related to childhood cancer, why do kids in developed countries and with higher socioeconomics have higher prevalence of cancer? Hmm, because they have the luxury of being diagnosed in time, or at all?

    By Blogger Valerie, at 6:32 PM  

  • Let me simply say that my experience of our mental health system, as it deals with our juvenile population, was rather discouraging.

    By Blogger Barry, at 6:49 PM  

  • I'll weigh in with the overdiagnosis for nervous, too busy parents who just want to give their kids a pill.

    *waiver-no, i don't have children. yes, i still have opinions*

    By Blogger The Gourmez, at 9:52 PM  

  • Old joke:

    Kid brings home a report card with four Fs and one D.

    Mom and dad agree: "son, it looks like you're spending too much time on one subject."

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 12:15 AM  

  • I blame Baby Einstein.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 10:54 AM  

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