The 411 on Blacks and Autism

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  • Our Symptoms Are More Severe
  • We Are More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed
  • What Misdiagnosis Can Look Like
  • Why Early Treatment Matters
  • What Are the Warning Signs?
  • Knowing the Symptoms
  • Knowing the Facts
  • What Is Autism?
  • Black Children Are Diagnosed Late
  •  Barriers to Diagnosis

What Misdiagnosis Can Look Like

Misdiagnoses can happen to anyone, but while white children are more likely to be told they have ADHD, Black children are told that they have psychoses, mental retardation or selective mutism, which can serve as a barrier for parents to not report their children’s behavioral problems. 

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