More people worldwide may have the disorder than previously thought

S. Korea study suggests high autism rates

By examining 55,000 children age 7-12, even those not enrolled in special education programs, researchers found that one in 38 children had some form of autism, including the more mild social disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome.

In the United States, the autism prevalence rate is believed to be one in 110.

However, US studies have tended to focus on children in special education programs, and have not screened entire populations in the regular school system where high-functioning autistic

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