Autism study: Diagnosis delayed by two years in most children

April 5, 2015 2:02 PM

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The majority of Australian children with autism spectrum disorder are not being diagnosed until they are 4 years old, more than two years after they can be reliably identified and given life-changing intervention, a study has found.

Leading autism researcher Cheryl Dissanayake said the average two-year diagnosis delay, which stretched to four years in many cases, was particularly concerning given extensive research has shown the significant improvement early intervention can have on these children's learning and development.

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