Age at diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders

J Pediatr. 2012 Sep;161(3):554-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.05.012. Epub 2012 Jun 9.


Early identification of autism has become a national priority but, despite efforts, there are children who are being identified at a later age. In this study, children of Hispanic and African American origin, foreign-born children, and children born to foreign mothers were more likely to be diagnosed later.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • Child
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis*
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / epidemiology
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / ethnology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Delayed Diagnosis / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • New York City / epidemiology