Thursday, February 23, 2012

Minorities Show More Severe Signs Of Autism

Children with autism who come from minority backgrounds are more delayed than their Caucasian peers with the disorder, researchers say, likely because their symptoms go unnoticed longer.

The differences between white children and their non-white peers are significant, spanning everything from language to communication and gross motor skills, according to a new study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore assessed 84 toddlers with autism from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

“We found the toddlers in the minority group were significantly further behind than the non-minority group in development of language and motor skills and showed more severe autism symptoms in their communication abilities,” said Rebecca Landa, director of the institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders who worked on the study.

Read more of Michelle Diament's Disability Scoop article HERE.
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