As more autism reported, doctors say check early
POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 11:08am
At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn't respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why.
She has a mild form of autism, a diagnosis being given to more U.S. children than ever before, largely because of more awareness and better diagnosis.
According to new government statistics, the rate is about 1 in 88. That means autism is nearly twice as common as it appeared in data the government gathered 10 years ago. The largest increases are in Hispanic kids like Cristina.
The definition of autism has changed over the years, and Cristina might not have been considered autistic two decades ago.
Read more here at The Houston Chronicle.