No. 1 in autism

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Autism is a significant problem for Utah, which has the nation's highest rate of autism. This problem cannot be ignored.

In 2010, Utah experienced 52,164 new births. Using The Tribune's reported figure of 1 in 47 Utah children being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, that's 1,109 new children every year — about two elementary schools.

Utah has a significant problem. If a child is diagnosed and treatment starts prior to 3 years of age, autism is treatable.

While there are pilot programs, what's been done to date is simply a Band-Aid. If these Utah children are to be productive citizens, a comprehensive, long-term treatment program is necessary.

John K. Hill

Cedar City