New research reveals more children than previously thought are autistic

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A recent study by the Center for Disease Control reveals more children than ever before are receiving an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

In 2016, researchers believed as many as one in every 68 children living in the US has autism. A study released in April reveals one in every 59 children are living with the cognitive and behavioral disorder.

The study points to an increasing number of Hispanic and black children receiving the diagnosis as a contributing factor in the overall increase.

“So with the reported increased identification in minority communities...the healthcare community is looking at that as a positive sign,” Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Daniel Coury said.

“More members of minority communities are seeking medical care and an early diagnosis of autism can open doors to resources for both parent and child.”