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Deborah Christensen, Kim Van Naarden Braun, Nancy S Doernberg, Matthew J Maenner, Carrie L Arneson, Maureen S Durkin, Ruth E Benedict, Russell S Kirby, Martha S Wingate, Robert Fitzgerald and Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp Prevalence of cerebral palsy, co-occurring autism spectrum disorders, and motor functioning – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, USA, 2008 Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 56

Version of Record online: 1 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12268

What this paper adds

  • The overall period prevalence of CP among 8-year-old children in four US surveillance sites in 2008 was 3.1 per 1000, similar to previous estimates.
  • The frequency of ASD among children with CP was 6.9% overall and higher (18.4%) among children with non-spastic CP, particularly hypotonic CP.
  • The frequency of co-occurring epilepsy was 41.5% and did not differ by ASD status or CP subtype but was higher in children with limited or no walking ability.

This article is commented on by Zwaigenbaum on pages 7–8 of this issue.

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