New autism statistics released

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a new number on the statistic of the prevalence of autism in the United States during 2014.

CDC is stating 1 in 59 eight-year-old children in the United States have autism.

This number changed from the previous statistic of 1 in 68 school-age children in the United States having autism.

For the first time in the CDC study, Minnesota was one of eleven sites across the country providing data for the prevalence statistics. As a community partner, Fraser has contributed to this effort in two ways. First, Fraser and other community school and clinic partners provided data on 8 year olds which contributed to both state and national statistics. Second, Fraser participates on the MN-ADDM advisory board, engaging in conversation regarding what the data meant and any actions to be taken.

Minnesota data indicates about 1 in 42, or 2.4% of 8-year-old children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, were identified with autism by the Minnesota-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (MN-ADDM). The prevalence data was reported 1 in 26 for Somali children and 1 in 54 for Hmong children. While different from the 1 in 42 estimate, sample sizes were too small to be able to tell if these differences are real or occurred by random chance.

Many people ask - why did the number change? While the study was not able to answer this question, Fraser is focused on how we can help these individuals and their families. These statistics help us define the population, identify trends, inform service systems that support families and inform policy related issues and research. Although a diagnosis can be detected as early as age 2, Minnesota is identifying children slightly later (4 years 9 months) than the national average (4 years 3 months). This data suggests efforts around early screening and identification are important. Fraser continues to offer sibling screens for our families at each site. Fraser is working hard to diagnosis children early to provide early intervention. Fraser Early Beginnings that serves some of our youngest clients just started being offered via telehealth. Also expanding services, Fraser Woodbury is set to be open June 2018. Additionally, as our population ages, it is clear that our communities need to plan for supports needed to successfully transition youth with autism into adulthood.

More information:

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014

MN-ADDM Network

CDC autism