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Schoolchildren diagnosed with autism in NI increases 82% over last five years

Cases of autism in school-age children have increased by 82% in the last five years, a report has found. One in 24 children of school age here has been diagnosed, according to figures from the Department of Health. Its report said 12,544 school-aged children are autistic - a prevalence rate of 4.2%. The figures were described as "alarming" by the charity Autism NI. The statistics also show children living in the most deprived areas here are 38% more likely to be diagnosed with the condition.  Read more.......



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