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Inside NIDCD Newsletter

Winter 2013

Feature Stories

The past decade has been a time of great advances in research exploring the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex developmental disorder that affects behavior, communication, social interaction, and learning. There have also been big improvements in identifying children with ASD, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimate as affecting 1 in every 88 children in the United States. Better and earlier interventions are helping many children with ASD communicate and interact more successfully with their peers and the rest of the world.

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