May 31, 2011

New study shows one in six children have a developmental disability

Pediatrics   ·  Link to Article

Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children,
–-2008 Source: Pediatrics - May 23, 2011

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have
published a new study showing that approximately one in six American
children have a developmental disability, an increase of 17% during the
past 10 years that will require more health and education services. The
increase was caused in large part by shifts in the prevalence of autism
and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may be related
to factors such as better diagnostic tools, improved screening for
disabilities, increased public awareness, more preterm births and
higher parental age.
An abstract is available at

Full citation: Boyle, C. A, Boulet, S., Schieve, L. A., Cohen, R. A.,
Blumberg, S. J., Yeargin-Allsopp, M., Visser, S., Kogan, M. D. (2011).
Trends in the prevalence of developmental disabilities in US children,
–2008. Pediatrics. Originally published online May 23, 2011. doi