Researchers report increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder

Researchers report increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The researchers published their findings in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report series on Dec. 2. The team, led by Zachary Warren, PhD, director of the VKC Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (TRIAD) and director of the Division of Developmental Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, and Alison Vehorn, ADDM project director, was originally established in 2015 and refunded in 2019 with a $1.6 million grant from the CDC to conduct population studies on the prevalence of autism in Middle Tennessee. Since then, the Vanderbilt ADDM team has collaborated with the larger CDC network, which spans 11 communities across the United States, to present prevalence data every two years. The ADDM network results, which combined data gathered in 2018 from all 11 sites in the U.S., found that 1 in 44 8-year-old children studied have ASD. This number represents a substantial increase from previous estimates of 1 in 54 8-year-old children studied having ASD. The Middle Tennessee […]

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