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Black Children and Autism Diagnoses

December 5, 2023

On average, Black children with autism don’t receive a diagnosis until three years after their parents have voiced concerns about atypical behaviors to their pediatrician. There are several reasons why this might happen, including prejudice and inexperience with autism among healthcare providers. Additionally, parents may be reluctant to push for a diagnosis out of fear of the autism “label.” But a late diagnosis can cause children to miss out on early intervention services, which have proven to be critical for the development of important cognitive and language skills that will positively impact their future.

That’s why this week at, we explore the barriers faced by Black parents when seeking an autism diagnosis for their child. And since having a solid support system is essential when navigating this process, we share tips on how to talk to family members and friends about autism and how they might offer a helping hand. We discuss what an autism evaluation should look like and explore other reasons why a child might receive a delayed diagnosis.

– Faith Wilkins, Staff Writer | 

Related Resources

Why Do Black Children With Autism Get Diagnosed Late?

Exploring the many barriers faced by Black parents who seek early intervention for their child.


Sharing an Autism Diagnosis With Family and Friends

Tips for explaining autism to family and close friends, to help them become effective allies.


What Should an Evaluation for Autism Look Like?

From finding the right clinician to diagnostic tools and parent interviews, there are many steps.


Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed

How ADHD and sensory processing issues can prevent early intervention.


Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Black Teenagers

What we know about it, and how parents can help kids get the right diagnosis.


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