British Survey Finds 128,000 Children at Risk for Delayed Autism Diagnosis Due to COVID

November 30, 2020

Suspected Cases May Be Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed as Crucial Services Remain Closed

Autism Parenting Magazine recently conducted a data analysis which showed that an estimated 128,160 children with suspected autism are running the risk of not receiving a proper diagnosis due to the continuing COVID-19 lockdowns. The report generated from this troubling analysis points to closures of vital services and limited developmental resources as the cause for most parent’s difficulty in spotting signs of autistic behavior. These parents are also facing roadblocks when trying to obtain a diagnosis even if they do recognize troubling behaviors in their children. Without a proper diagnosis, parents cannot access critical support and services their child needs to reach the best possible outcome.

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