Articles on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Key Findings

New Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) reports show higher prevalence at age 8, more children identified by age 4 than previous reports
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to affect many children and families. Services and support for these children are critical in early childhood and as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. (Published December 2, 2021)

CDC Study Reports Progress in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but Gaps Remain
A new CDC study assessed progress in early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States from 2002 through 2016, based on data from 8-year-old children in sites participating in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.
(Published November 24, 2021)

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care is Often Difficult for Adolescents with ASD
Only 1 in 13 adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) received the recommended guidance to move from pediatric to adult health care. Greater coordination among healthcare programs and interdisciplinary training for providers could expand access to services and increase provider comfort in treating the unique healthcare needs of adolescents with ASD, and support healthcare planning as they transition from pediatric to adult health care.
(Published: April 29, 2021)

CDC Releases First Estimates of the Number of Adults Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States
This study fills a gap in data on adults living with ASD in the United States because there is not an existing surveillance system to collect this information.
(Published May 10, 2020)

New ASD prevalence numbers show gaps are closing, but more work is needed
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to affect many children and families.
(Published: March 26, 2020)

Feature Articles

Past, Present, and Future Impact of SEED
Since the launch of SEED in 2003, CDC has worked with its partners to learn more about the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities so that families, communities, and healthcare providers can deliver the supports and services needed to thrive.

Why Act Early if You’re Concerned about Development?
Act early on developmental concerns to make a real difference for your child and you! If you’re concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait. You know your child best.

Easy Reads

Early Identification and Prevalence of Autism Among 4-year-old and 8-year-old Children: An Easy Read Summary
This is an Easy-Read Summary of two reports. The first report is about identifying autism early among 4-year-old children. The second report is on the number of 8-year-old children with autism. (Published December 2, 2021)

Health Status and Health Care Use Among Adolescents Identified With and Without Autism in Early Childhood: An Easy-Read Summary
The is an Easy-Read Summary (Published April 30, 2021)

Identifying Autism Among Children: An Easy-Read Summary
This is an Easy-Read Summary of two reports. The first report is about the number of 8-year-old children with autism. The second report is about identifying autism early among 4-year-old children. (Published March 27, 2020)

Articles by Year

 

2022

Toileting Resistance Among Preschool-Age Children with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2022.
Wiggins LD, Nadler C, Hepburn S, et al.
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Defining in Detail and Evaluating Reliability of DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Among Children
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2022: p. 1-13.
Rice CE, Carpenter LA, Morrier MJ, et al.
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Reasons for participation in a child development study: Are cases with developmental diagnoses different from controls?
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2022.
Bradley CB, Tapia AL, DiGuiseppi CG, et al.
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2021

Features that best define the heterogeneity and homogeneity of autism in preschool‐age children: A multisite case–control analysis replicated across two independent samples.
Autism Research, 2021.
Wiggins LD, Tian LH, Rubenstein E, et al.
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Early identification of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 4 years—Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2018.
MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 2021. 70(10): p. 1.
Shaw KA, Maenner MJ, Baikan AV, et al.
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Prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 8 years—autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, 11 sites, United States, 2018.
MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 2021. 70(11): p. 1.
Maenner MJ, Shaw KA, Bakian AV, et al.
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Progress and Disparities in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 2002-2016.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2021.
Shaw KA, McArthur D, Hughes MM, et al.
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Peri-Pregnancy Cannabis Use and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Offspring: Findings from the Study to Explore Early Development.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021: p. 1-8.
DiGuiseppi C, Crume T, Van Dyke J, et al.
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Comparison of 2 Case Definitions for Ascertaining the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among 8-Year-Old Children.
Am J Epidemiol, 2021. 190(10): p. 2198-2207.
Maenner MJ, Graves SJ, Peacock G, et al.
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Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorder Case-Finding Algorithms in United States Health Administrative Database Analyses.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021: p. 1-14.
Grosse SD, Nichols P, Nyarko K, et al.
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Maternal prepregnancy weight and gestational weight gain in association with autism and developmental disorders in offspring.
Obesity, 2021. 29(9): p. 1554-1564.
Matias SL., Pearl M, Lyall K, et al.
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Maternal psychiatric conditions, treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Biological psychiatry, 2021. 90(4): p. 253-262.
Ames JL, Ladd-Acosta C, Fallin MD,  et al.
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A preliminary epidemiologic study of social (pragmatic) communication disorder relative to autism spectrum disorder and developmental disability without social communication deficits.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2021. 51(8): p. 2686-2696.
Ellis Weismer S, Tomblin JB, Durkin MS, et al.
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Healthcare costs of pediatric autism spectrum disorder in the United States, 2003–2015.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2021. 51(8): p. 2950-2958.
Zuvekas SH, Grosse SD, Lavelle TA, et al.
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Association between pica and gastrointestinal symptoms in preschoolers with and without autism spectrum disorder: Study to Explore Early Development.
Disability and Health Journal, 2021. 14(3): p. 101052.
Fields VL., Soke GN, Reynolds A, et al.
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Health Status and Health Care Use Among Adolescents Identified With and Without Autism in Early Childhood—Four US Sites, 2018–2020.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2021. 70(17): p. 605.
Powell PS, Pazol K, Wiggins LD, et al.
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Evaluation of sex differences in preschool children with and without autism spectrum disorder enrolled in the study to explore early development.
Res Dev Disabil, 2021. 112: p. 103897.
Wiggins L.D, Rubenstein E, Windham G, et al.
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Pica, Autism, and Other Disabilities.
Pediatrics, 2021. 147(2).
Fields VL., Soke GN, Reynolds A, et al.
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Many Young Children with Autism Who Use Psychotropic Medication Do Not Receive Behavior Therapy: A Multisite Case-Control Study.
J Pediatr, 2021. 232: p. 264-271.
Wiggins LD, Nadler C, Rosenberg S, et al.
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Gastrointestinal Symptoms in 2-to 5-Year-Old Children in the Study to Explore Early Development.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021. 51(11): p. 3806-3817.
Reynolds AM, Soke GN, Sabourin KR, et al.
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A Distinct Three-Factor Structure of Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors in an Epidemiologically Sound Sample of Preschool-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
J Autism Dev Disord, 2021. 51(10): p. 3456-3468.
Hiruma L, Edmondson Pretzel R, Tapia AL, et al.
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Spending on young children with autism spectrum disorder in employer-sponsored plans, 2011–2017.
Psychiatric Services, 2021. 72(1): p. 16-22.
Grosse SD, Ji X, Nichols P, et al.
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2020

A preliminary Epidemiology Study of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder Relative to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disability Without Social Communication Deficits.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2020: p. 1-11.
Ellis-Weismer S, Rubenstein E, Wiggins L, et al.
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CE: From the CDC: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder.
AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 2020. 120(10):p. 30-37.
Christensen D, Zubler J
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Wandering Among Preschool Children with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder.
J Dev Behav Pediatr, 2020. 41(4): p. 251-257.
Wiggins L, DiGuiseppi C, Schieve L, et al.
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Early identification of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 4 years—Early Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring Network, six sites, United States, 2016.
MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 2020. 69(3): p. 1.
Shaw KA, Maenner MJ, Baio J, et al.
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Prevalance of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 8 years—autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, 11 sites, United States, 2016.
MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 2020. 69(4): p. 1.
Maenner MJ, Shaw KA, Baio J, et al.
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Disparities in documented diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder based on demographic, individual, and service factors.
Autism Research, 2020. 13(3): p. 464-473.
Wiggins LD, Durkin M, Esler A, et al.
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Neonatal jaundice in association with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disorder.
J Perinatol, 2020. 40(2): p. 219-225.
Cordero C, Schieve LA, Croen LA, et al.
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Early Life Exposure to Air Pollution and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings from a Multisite Case-Control Study.
Epidemiology, 2020. 31(1): p. 103-114.
McGuinn LA, Windham GC, Kalkbrenner AE, et al.
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Mapping the Relationship between Dysmorphology and Cognitive, Behavioral, and Developmental Outcomes in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Res, 2020. 13(7): p. 1227-1238.
Tian LH, Wiggins LD, Schieve LA, et al.
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