The 411 on Blacks and Autism

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  • 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
  • Our Symptoms Are More Severe

What Are the Warning Signs? 

Autism can usually be diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3, but there are warning signs to look for before then, says Autism Speaks. They include: Your baby doesn’t smile or express joy after six months of age; no waving, smiling or reaching by age 1; no talking by 16 months; no two-word phrases by age 2; and any loss of speech at any age. 

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