New Autism Figures "Alarming"

Published 03/28 2014 09:17PM

Updated 03/31 2014 10:02AM


One in 68 U.S children has autism, that's a 30 percent increase from just two years ago.  Those alarming statistics are according to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just two years ago, 1 in 88 children had autism. 

“I remember that feeling I had when we got that diagnosis, walking out of the doctor’s office thinking I don't know what to with this or how to fix it,” said Kelly Pence,” Autism Society of Indiana.   

Pence didn’t want another  family to ever have the feelings that she had when her oldest son Steven was diagnosed with autism.

“I have two sons that have autism,” said Pence.   

Pence works as an ally for the Autism Society of Indiana.  She helps families cope with the stress and confusion that an autism diagnosis can bring  

“The biggest gift that I can give to parents is to show them, yes this might be a difficult situation now but there are things to make it better,” said Pence. 

“I was personally very surprised. Those numbers were very alarming for me,” said Danielle Pelz, Fort Wayne Autism Center. 

Pelz and her team work one on one with autistic children to correct the behavioral disorder that's commonly associated with lack of communication and decreased social skills.   

“Getting kids services at an early age really affects the amount of progress they can make,” said Pelz. 

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