Rise In Autism: Local School Weighs In

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM EDT

Grim news about autism. More and more children are being diagnosed with the disorder.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is releasing new figures. Now, 1 in 68 children is living with autism. That's up from 1 in 88 children back in 2008.

The report also found that boys are five times more likely than girls to be autistic and more white children than black or Hispanic.

It also says most kids are being diagnosed at age four, even though it can be diagnosed at a much younger age.

Amy Jablonski, a clinical psychologist from Summit Educational Resources in Amherst says parents should be on the lookout for signs, like a lack of eye contact and engagement in their children.

She says the earlier you can intervene, the better the outcome will be for the child.

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