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Autism harder to diagnose in Latino children


Language barriers significantly contribute to delays in diagnosing Latino children with autism, a study published Aug. 19 in the journal Pediatrics said.
Nearly 75 percent of primary care pediatricians said they had difficulty with communication and cultural differences, which complicated the assessment of Latino children for autism.
The study said autism in Latino children is diagnosed almost two and a half years later than in white children. The study also said when Latino children are diagnosed as having autism, there symptoms are more severe.
The study suggested pediatricians need more support in order to better diagnose autism.
The most frequent problems reported by the pediatricians surveyed were:
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