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Autism diagnoses may be different

Amarillo, TX - Minority children with autism may not be getting the treatment they need.

About one in every 110 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism every year, but some worry minority children are not diagnosed as fast.

According to new studies, white children are more likely to be diagnosed before blacks, Hispanics and Asians, and often minorities are misdiagnosed.

Doctor Angela Huang, a local developmental pediatrician says there may be reasons for the delay in diagnosing certain children.

"It can happen sometimes, there may be multiple, different factors going into that. Some of it may be that they are not being detected as often or people have more difficulty getting access to care," said Dr. Huang.

Some of the warning signs of autism include, avoiding eye contact, wanting to play alone and not speaking very much.

If you notice these signs, Dr. Huang says to get your child tested and into an early intervention program.

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