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Latino Children: At Risk of Delayed Autism Diagnosis?

Guest : Dr. Katie Zuckerman, MD
From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Minority kids have been shown to be at a disadvantage for medical care. Could they also be at risk for a missed autism diagnosis?
Air Date: 8/21/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Latino Children: At Risk of Delayed Autism Diagnosis?
Minority children have been shown to be at a disadvantage for certain medical care. Could they also be at risk for a missed autism diagnosis?

We now know that early diagnosis is essential in order to get kids into effective interventions as soon as possible. So it's concerning that Latino children might be less likely to be diagnosed with autism at an early age.

And it raises the question... have similar issues been found with other minority populations?

Fortunately, all is not lost. According to special guest, Dr. Katie Zuckerman, this difficulty in early diagnosis may be overcome by promoting language-appropriate screening, distributing culturally appropriate ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) materials to Latino families, and improving the availability of specialists.

By providing physicians with support in screening and referral for Latino children, it could help improve early diagnosis in this population.

If you are experiencing obstacles in screening and diagnosis for your children, don't miss this informative segment to find out how you can get the best care for your family.
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