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Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism

Autism affects children from all racial groups and ethnic backgrounds, but new study finds that black and Latino children and more likely to be diagnosed later than white children, loosing precious time for treatment and intervention.

“In 2007, a study by a team at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, found that African-American children were 5.1 times more likely to be misdiagnosed with conduct disorders before being diagnosed with ASD.”

“One of the apparent biases among intake counselors at the center stems from the difference in the documentation that arrives with each new child. African-American families tend to arrive at the center with lots of documentation detailing behavior issues from their child’s school or social services. With all those official papers sitting in front of them, it’s much easier for a counselor to think “behavior disease” rather than “autism,” says Kelly.”

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