Age at autism diagnosis, first intervention drops to under 3 years

Age at autism diagnosis, first intervention drops to under 3 years

Growing numbers of autistic children are diagnosed with the condition before age 3 , in the United States, and those diagnoses tend to precede the start of any interventions or developmental services, according to a new study based on parent surveys. Children traversing autism’s ‘diagnostic odyssey’ a decade ago were typically diagnosed years later, and only after they had begun receiving services. The analysis included data from 2,303 autistic children aged 2 to 17 years from the National Survey of Children’s Health , which asks parents questions about the children in their household. The selected participants, split into three […]

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