CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
"Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How"
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1-2 p.m., EST
Watch the live broadcast at either of the following links:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Global prevalence of autism has increased twenty- to thirty-fold since the earliest studies 40–50 years ago. Just-published CDC data shows an estimated prevalence of 1 in 68 children affected by an autism spectrum disorder. ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, and is almost five times more common among boys than girls. Tracking and diagnosing ASD can be difficult, since there is no single biological marker, and diagnostic criteria have recently changed. Although signs may appear early in life, many children with ASD do not receive a final diagnosis until they are over the age of 4. This delay means that children with ASD and their families might not get the help they need during the most critical periods of development.
Please join us to discuss the challenges of understanding and diagnosing this complex disorder and the opportunities for early identification and screening. This session of Grand Rounds will also explore some of the evidence-based interventions that can help individuals with autism make gains in their development.
Future Grand Rounds topics include PrEP for Prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C.
Julie Daniels, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health,
Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Autism Etiology – What We Know and How to Learn More"
Jon Baio, EdS
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
"Surveillance for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Key Findings and Trends"
Susan L. Hyman, MD
Division Chief, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
"Early Identification and Screening"
Samuel L. Odom, PhD
Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Evidence-based Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds
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