A new study from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows more children than ever are being diagnosed with autism. The number of children with autism at age 8 has reached one in 59. “I love taking care of these kids,” says Dr. Regina Gargus, a MEDNAX-affiliated developmental pediatrician at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Fla. She believes that one of the reasons for the rise is the fact that we’re looking harder for affected children at an earlier age. “I think the child getting into the primary care doctor in the infant and toddler years is critical for them to identify whether a child has differences in their social and emotional development, in their play activities, in their communication skills. And then getting those children who are showing language and communication delays and social delays into speech therapy and occupational therapy while they are waiting for their developmental assessment will help these young toddlers have earlier access to care.”

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