The April 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grand Rounds Public Session. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Prevalence of autism, according to the CDC have increased twenty-to thirty-fold since studies forty-fifty years ago.

According to Dr. Tim Frieden, director the the CDC, we know far more today about autism spectrum disorder then we have in the past and the one important thing we (the CDC) have learned is the importance of early diagnoses and intervention. The tracking and diagnoses of ASD can be difficult since there is of yet no biological marker and due to the diagnostic criterion recently changing. Many people with an autism spectrum disorder do not get diagnosed until age four.

This approximately one hour video features guest speakers:

Julie Daniels, MPH, PHD who is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Maternal and Child Health.

Jon Baios, EdS who is a behavioral Scientist in the Developmental Disabilities Branch Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Susan L. Hyman, MD who is the Division Chief at the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Golisano Childrens Hospital.

Samuel L Odom, PHD who is the Director at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

At 51:00 minutes into this video the four guest speakers take questions from participants of the CDC autism presentation.


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