Latest Findings on Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and that Children receiving Developmental Monitoring and Developmental Screening Together are more likely to receive Early Intervention

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Monday, May 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Daisy Christensen, Epidemiologist at NCBDDD at CDC, will present on the recent "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014" data release. The latest findings from the ADDM Network provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities. With prevalence of ASD ranging from 13.1 to 29.3 per 1,000 children aged 8 years in different communities throughout the United States, the need for behavioral, educational, residential, and occupational services remains high, as does the need for increased research on both genetic and nongenetic risk factors for ASD. During the latter half of the webinar, Rebecca Wolf, Team Lead, "Learn the Signs. Act Early." at CDC, and Brian Barger, Director of Research and Evaluation at GSU's UCEDD, will present on the study and findings of, "Better Together: Developmental Screening and Monitoring Best Identify Children who need Early Intervention". Findings from this study reveals that children receiving developmental monitoring and developmental screening together were more likely to receive early intervention compared to children receiving developmental monitoring alone, developmental screening alone, or neither developmental monitoring or screening. These findings support the AAP recommendations indicating that developmental monitoring and developmental screening are complementary strategies for improving early identification and linkage to early intervention for young children. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand need for specialized interpreting techniques for pediatric developmental assessments
  2. Describe the partnership between providers and medical interpreters
  3. Review the curriculum content for training medical interpreters


Deborah (Daisy) Christensen, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, NCBDDD

Deborah (Daisy) Christensen, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, NCBDDDDaisy Christensen is an Epidemiologist in the Developmental Disabilities Branch, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. Dr. Christensen received a PhD in Epidemiology from the Emory University in 2006 and joined the CDC in 2008 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in the Developmental Disabilities Branch, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. She currently is the Surveillance Team Lead in the Developmental Disabilities Branch where she leads the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (Early ADDM) Network, the ADDM Cerebral Palsy Network, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program. She collaborates on studies of autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and other child developmental disabilities and serves as the alternate CDC representative to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).

Rebecca Wolf, MA, Team Lead, "Learn the Signs. Act Early." at NCBDDD at the CDC

Rebecca WolfWith more than 20 years' experience at CDC, Ms. Wolf has led teams in health communication, policy management, strategic planning, legislative analysis and implementation, and program and policy evaluation. As lead of the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, she guides CDC's efforts in improving early identification of developmental disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the services and supports they need. Through a widely disseminated health education program, Learn the Signs reaches parents, health care providers, and early educators with award-winning materials that improve awareness of developmental milestones, expand the practice of developmental monitoring, and spur early action in response to developmental concerns. Before joining NCBDDD, Ms. Wolf led the formation and implementation of CDC's employee communication program, building an award-winning online newspaper and intranet, establishing vehicles for two-way communication across the agency, and facilitating open dialogue between CDC leaders and employees. Ms. Wolf received her MA from Indiana University and BA cum laude from Duke University.

Kay Kopp, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability

Brian BargerDr. Barger is a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health (SOPH) at Georgia State University where he serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at GSU's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Center for Leadership in Disability). Dr. Barger is also a core member of the GSU SOPH Biostatistics Research Team and with expertise in meta-analysis, systematic reviews, and psychometrics. His primary research program focuses on community-based early identification of developmental and behavioral disabilities in infants and young children.