Prevalence and Trends of Developmental Disabilities Among U.S. Children

A new study from Pediatrics shows looks the national prevalence of 10 developmental disabilities in US children aged 3 to 17 years and explore changes over time by associated demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, using National Health Interview Survey data.

The study found that from 2009 to 2011 and 2015 to 2017, there were overall significant increases in the prevalence of any developmental disability (16.2%–17.8%), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (8.5%–9.5%), autism spectrum disorder (1.1%–2.5%), and intellectual disability (0.9%–1.2%), but a significant decrease for any other developmental delay (4.7%–4.1%).

The prevalence of any developmental disability increased among boys, older children, non-Hispanic white and Hispanic children, children with private insurance only, children with birth weight less than 2500 g, and children living in urban areas and with less-educated mothers.

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