Autism is more likely to occur in children whose mothers were obese while pregnant, new research suggests.
Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is beginning to try to uncover why — and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler.
Alex Flores is the mother of two boys who are both autistic. “I dread the day that someone calls one of my children retard” says Flores.