KUSA – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Nationally, this is a 30 percent increase from 2008 to 2010. For Colorado alone, there was a 32 percent increase in the same time period.
In 2010 one out of 101 eight-year-old children was identified with autism spectrum disorder compared to one in 133 in 2008, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The new data is from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network collected from 11 sites around the country for children who were eight-years-old in 2010. Colorado is one of the collection sites.
Data from seven Colorado counties, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver Douglas and Jefferson, is provided to the monitoring network.
According to the CDPHE, Colorado is also one of six states participating in the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), which is funded by the CDC.
"The purpose of the SEED study is to identify factors that cause autism spectrum disorder and common characteristics and health conditions for children with this condition," said Cordelia Robinson, director of JFK Partners, and principal investigator of the SEED study and co-principal investigator of the Colorado Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring project, in the press release.
The press release goes on to say, "Research shows the earlier a child with autism is identified and connected to services, the better. In Colorado, however, only 41 percent of the children with autism spectrum disorder who were 8 years old in 2010 received an in-depth developmental evaluation before they were 3 years old."
If you are concerned about autism or have questions about autism spectrum disorders you can contact these resources:
Autism Society of Colorado: 720-214-0749, http://autismcolorado.info/
CDC's checklist of milestones for your child's development: www.cdc.gov/milestones
Call Early Intervention Colorado for children through three-years-old: 1-888-777-4041, http://www.eicolorado.org/
Full CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
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