Current Research

Current Research

Developmental Milestones Matter!
Skills, such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye," are called developmental milestones. From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves.
(Published: October 3, 2016)

New CDC Funding Will Expand Knowledge about Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Over the next five years, CDC will invest more than $27 million to carry out a new phase of the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).
(Published: July 5, 2016)

Why Act Early?
Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when it is provided earlier in life rather than later.
(Published: April 4, 2016)

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Anita's Story
Learn about Anita Lesko’s unique story about what it means to be an adult living with ASD.
(Published: April 4, 2016)

New Data on Autism: Five Important Facts to Know
More can be done to ensure that children with ASD are evaluated as soon as possible after developmental concerns are recognized.
(Published: March 31, 2016)

Who Am I? A New Look At Autism
Read one mother's perspective on autism spectrum disorder.
(Published: April 9, 2015)

Living with Autism
Learn more about the role of siblings through this family’s story.
(Published: April 6, 2015)

Key Findings: Prevalence of Self-injurious Behaviors Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has published a new study showing that nearly 28% of 8-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behave in ways that can lead to self-injury.
(Published: October 21, 2016)

Key Findings: Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among 4-Year-Old Children
Data from a CDC pilot project, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, suggest that progress has been made in identifying children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at younger ages.
(Published December 9, 2015)

Key Findings: Autism symptoms among children enrolled in the Study to Explore Early Development
A new analysis looking at autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms among young children enrolled in CDC's Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).
(Published June 6, 2015)

Key Findings: The association between assisted reproductive technology and autism spectrum disorder
New studies on the relationship between ART and autism.
(Published March 20, 2015)

ADDM Network update
New CDC funding will expand knowledge about children with autism spectrum disorder.
(Published January 2, 2015)

Classifying autism in research studies
Using standardized diagnostic instruments to classify children with autism to help find causes of the disorder.
(Published October 27, 2014)

Key Findings
Unhealthy weight among adolescents with autism.
(Published March 17, 2014)

Risk Factors for Autism
Read key findings from new CDC research.
(Published: March 17, 2014)

Key Findings
Potential impact of DSM-5 criteria on autism spectrum disorder prevalence estimates.
(Published: January 22, 2014)