A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry examined 55,000 South Korean children and found that one of every 38 children had what researchers called “an autism spectrum disorder,” NPR reported .
One of the researchers, from George Washington University, said, “That is two-and-a-half times what the estimated prevalence is in the in the United States . . . Two-thirds of the children with autism that we ended up identifying were in mainstream schools, unrecognized, untreated.”
Another co-author of the study, from New York University, added, “There’s no reason to think that South Korea has more children with autism than anyplace else in the world.” (May 2011)