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Black Kids With Autism
African American children with autism are one to two years older than white children before they’re even diagnosed.
The CDC says 1 out of every 68 children in the United States registers on the autism spectrum. That’s an increase from two years earlier, when it was determined 1 in 88 kids had autism spectrum disorder — a 30 percent increase.
The new figure was calculated using updated health and educational records of more than 5,300 8-year-olds in 11 states, including Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. The records compiled are from 2010.
The CDC’s report highlighted a variety information about autism, including the fact that the majority of kids with autism aren’t diagnosed until they are over four years old, even though the condition is identifiable at age two.
In 2011 a study titled Autism and the African American Community stated “However, evidence demonstrates that although rates of diagnosis for autism occur at the same rates in all racial groups, diagnosis in African American children occurs later than in White children. As a result, African American children may require longer and more intensive intervention” – (Ruby M. Gourdine, Tiffany D. Baffour & Martell Teasley School of Social Work, Howard University , Washington, District of Columbia/ Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, Winston-Salem State University , Winston-Salem, North Carolina/ College of Social Work, Florida State University , Tallahassee, Florida)
The earlier autism is identified and treated, the greater the chance its negative effects can be mitigated. Also according the report, boys were nearly five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
Content for this article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AutisminBlack.com.