Injuries in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)

Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Susan E. Levy, Katherine R. Sabourin, Gnakub N. Soke, Steven Rosenberg, Li Ching Lee, Eric Moody, Laura A. Schieve

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This study examined caregiver-reported medically-attended injuries among 30–68 month old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to general population (POP) and non-ASD developmental disorders (DD) controls in the Study to Explore Early Development. Injuries were common in ASD cases (32.3%) as well as POP (30.2%) and DD (27.8%) controls; most resulted in an emergency visit or hospitalization. After accounting for sociodemographic, health, IQ and behavior differences, odds of injury in ASD cases were significantly higher than DD controls but similar to POP controls. Attention problems mediated the relationships. Clinicians caring for children with both ASD and attention problems should consider providing targeted safety advice. Differences in injury risk between children with ASD vs. other developmental disorders need further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-472
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental delays and disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Injuries
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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