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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.
NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2023) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today its update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children, based on the active surveillance across 11 monitoring sites in the United States for 8-year-old children in 2020. The new report shows an increase in prevalence with 1 in 36 children, or just over 2.7% of 8-year-old children, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2020, and for the first time reveals higher prevalence rates among Black non-Hispanic (BNH), Hispanic, and Asian or Pacific Islander (A/PI) children compared to White non-Hispanic (WNH) children.
The increase reinforces progress in awareness and advocacy for early identification and diagnosis among all groups, but also reiterates the need for a significant increase in funding for autism research and services to be provided across the spectrum and lifespan, particularly in diverse communities where prevalence numbers were greater than those indicated by previous studies

10 common Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

About New Growth ABA

New Growth ABA is a small agency in Western MA that provides personalized home-based ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Our goal is to provide opportunities for children to learn new skills to improve their level of independence and overall quality of life.
Our team of dedicated professionals (BCBA’s RBT’s and Behavior Technicians) use an individualized approach driven by science and data to empower children diagnosed with Autism to reach their potential.
We partner with parents to identify the family’s priorities to create an individualized treatment plan, that includes direct services, staff training and parent guidance that will benefit the family as a whole.


Children under age 21 who are diagnosed with Autism can obtain ABA services through Mass Health Standard and Common Health; ABA benefit for children enrolled in Mass Health Family assistance are available until the child turns 19.
How to access services: The child’s doctor (usually a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychologist recommends ABA for a child that has been diagnosed with Autism. The family then locates an ABA provider such as New Growth ABA.
Once you’ve initiated a request for ABA services the provider will seek authorization from Mass Health, perform an initial evaluations and develop a treatment plan.
How long will this process take> This depends on how long it takes to locate a provider with availability and how long it takes them to complete the initial evaluation and receive authorization from the treatment plan.
Insurances accepted by New Growth ABA include, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health New England, Cigna, Aetna, and Public networks including Mass Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), Beacon Health Options, or TuftsHealthTogether.