Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
43.3 percent (2016-17)

53.3 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

43.3 percent of children with ASD received special services by age 48 months, as reported in 2016-17

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

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


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.