New Data on Younger Children with ASD; Friends of NCBDDD Telebriefing

A new CDC report, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, suggests that progress has been made in identifying children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at younger ages. The earlier children are identified as having ASD, the sooner they can get the services they need to help them reach their full potential. Although progress has been made in identifying children with ASD earlier, more tracking and research is needed to understand why certain groups of children are not being identified as early as others. Health professionals, childcare providers, and educators who work with preschool-aged children in the five communities where this pilot project was conducted and in communities across the country can use this new information to help ensure that all children with ASD are identified and connected to services as soon as possible.

We invite you to read a summary of the key findings from this paper here or to view the article’s abstract here.


CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. To learn more, please visit

What Can You Do

You can help spread the word about this new data and about Early ADDM! We encourage you to:

  • Share these links with your colleagues and friends.
  • Post them on your own home page as well.
  • Share on your social media channels or share/retweet/favorite from @CDC_NCBDDD.
  • Join the tele-briefing (more details below).

Families, health professionals, childcare providers, and educators: we encourage you to visit to download free milestone checklists and other resources to help you track a child’s development.

The Friends of NCBDDD invite you to a special tele-briefing to discuss key findings with the report’s authors and hear remarks from NCBDDD leadership and the Friends.

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM (EST)

Toll-Free Number: 888-795-0855

Passcode: CDC Media

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