Status: Little or no detectable change

  
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Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
56.3 percent (2018-19)

Target:
78.1 percent 1

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

Baseline:
60.1 percent of children with ASD received special services by age 48 months, as reported in 2016-17 2

Increase the proportion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who enroll in special services by age 48 months

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance

Summary

Millions of children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with ASD who get intervention services at a young age are more likely to have better language and communication skills, higher intelligence, and improved behavior. When health care providers screen for ASD at primary care visits and refer children for diagnosis and treatment, more young children with ASD get the services they need.



1. Target has been revised. See Data Methodology and Measurement for more information.

2. Baseline has been revised. See Data Methodology and Measurement for more information.