Today’s report from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) revealed an increase in ASD prevalence in the U.S. between the years of 2012 and 2014. The new prevalence rate is 1 in 59 children, based on a 2014 survey of over 325,000 children across 11 states. The prevalence rate from the 2012 survey was 1 in 68.
Three unfortunate statistics remain, making our research at the READi Lab ever more necessary:
- Hispanic children are less likely to be identified with ASD by age 8 compared to Non-Hispanic White or Black children
- Although 85% of children with ASD had documented developmental concerns before 36 months, only 42% had a comprehensive evaluation on record by 36 months
- The median age of earliest known ASD diagnosis was 52 months.
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