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Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 2014-2016

Xu G, Strathearn L, Liu B, Bao W (2018) JAMA.  2018 Jan 2;319(1): 81-82. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.17812. 

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder resulting in a substantial burden for individuals, families, and society. Previous surveys have reported a steady increase in ASD prevalence in US children over the past 2 decades.

However, the most recent estimate from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network for the first time reported a plateau in ASD prevalence (1.46%) in 2012, after documenting a continuous increase from 0.67% in 2000 to 1.47% in 2010.

In this study, we analyzed nationally representative data to estimate current prevalence of ASD among US children and adolescents in 2014-2016.


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