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Kingston, 2, is thriving with the help of TRIAD’s telemedicine initiative and services

Autism Data 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (VKC) announced on 4/26/18 that the estimated prevalence of children in the U.S. with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has again increased.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center took part in the study to determine the current prevalence of ASD through a grant from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Principal investigators from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (VKC) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) found:

United States 2018

  • 1 in 59 children—A significant increase from 1 in 68, the 2016 CDC estimate
  • 1 in 38 boys—Boys with ASD outnumber girls 4 to 1

Tennessee 2018

  • 1 in 64 children
    • This is the first-ever Tennessee-specific data.
    • The data documented that ASD is extremely common in Tennessee.
    • This study focused on an 11-county region surrounding Nashville.
    • Of the 11 states in the CDC ADDM Network, Tennessee’s number was exactly in the middle (ranked 6 of 11 reporting states).
    • Only 34% of children with ASD received a diagnosis before 3 years—highlighting the need for improved early detection initiatives.

How TRIAD addresses the needs of Tennessee children with ASD and their families

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