25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

TWENTY YEARS & COUNTING: CHANGES IN THE PREVALENCE OF ASD IN UTAH & THE USA SINCE 2002

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According to data from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ADDM) Network, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 8-year-old children in the U.S. increased by 180% from 2002 to 2016. Similarly, in Utah, the prevalence of ASD among 8-year-old children increased by 131% from 2002 and 2012 according to ADDM Network data. In the fall of 2021, updated data reflecting the prevalence of ASD among 8-year-old children in 2018 is expected to be disseminated by the CDC’s ADDM Network and will include more recent information for Utah. With over 20 years of prevalence data, we will thoroughly examine and discuss changes in the prevalence of ASD over time and how these changes in prevalence correspond with changes in the characteristics of children with ASD in the U.S. and Utah including sex, race/ethnicity, co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions (e.g. intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactive disorder), socioeconomic status, and sensory features. The longitudinal prevalence data now available through the CDC provides insight into how children’s characteristics influence their probability of being identified with ASD, and how ASD identification patterns have changed over time on a population-level. Such information can inform clinical practice by clarifying the role that certain characteristics play in acquiring an ASD diagnosis and receiving services.

As a result of attending this session, you will leave able to:

1) Educate others on how the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Utah and USA has changed over the past twenty years and discuss reasons for the changes in prevalence; and,
2) Discuss the frequency of characteristics among children with autism spectrum disorder including sex, race/ethnicity, co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions, socioeconomic status, and sensory features, and how population-level findings on characteristics associated with ASD may impact clinical services and intervention.

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