Understanding The Risks of ASDs Is Key To Determining Interventions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more people than ever are being diagnosed today with an ASD or autism spectrum disorder, due to either more accurate diagnoses or a true increase in numbers. As a result, research efforts have increased in recent years and the CDC has assumed an active role as a partner with both public and private organizations working to expand these efforts. The goal is to identify associated risks as well as help communities direct their own outreach programs to serve those who need it most.
For example, the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) is a multi-year study funded by CDC and is currently the largest of its kind in the United States designed to pinpoint factors that may put children at risk for ASDs and other developmental disabilities. By better understanding the potential risks that make a person more likely to develop an ASD, it is possible to learn more about the causes. Parents whose children have already been diagnosed with a related ASD will want to follow the progress and information provided by SEED as well as other programs looking into the many complex issues associated from both a developmental and health perspective. You can review the fact sheet as well as additional resources and more details about the CDC’s activities at cdc.gov/autism.