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About 1.5 percent of 8-year-olds are living with autism spectrum disorder, according to the 2016 Community Report on Autism by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Native families are among those who are caring for a young loved one with autism. Health experts say when children with autism are not properly diagnosed early, they are at risk for developing life-long behavior problems. In this program, we turn to health specialists to find out exactly what autism is and why early intervention could change young lives.
Mentioned in the show:
Early Childhood Evaluation Program at the Center for Development and Disability at UNM and their information phone line for families, or individuals with autism spectrum disorder: 505-272-1852 or 1-800-270-1861.
Dr. Elise Leonard – mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder consultant for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service
Dr. Christine Vining (Navajo) – speech language pathologist at the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico
Dr. Dara Zafran – assistant professor at UNM and clinical director of Growing in Beauty early intervention program
Break music: Pangaea (song) Visionaries (artist) Pangaea (album)