CDC Reports on Autism Prevalence and Importance of Early Evaluation

Published on in CHOP News

1 in 68 school-aged children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, rates that remain unchanged since 2014 estimates. Boys are more than four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed.

The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls attention to disparities in early diagnosis and intervention for African-American and Hispanic children, compared with Caucasian children.

Susan Levy, MD, a developmental pediatrician at CHOP and chair of the AAP’s subcommittee on autism, discussed the findings with AAP News and talked about why it’s important for underserved children to have access to screening and early diagnosis.

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