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University Program Helps Reduce Autism Effects

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According to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 68 U-S children displays autistic characteristics. Two years ago, it was 1:88. 

Pat Ghezzi co-founded the University of Nevada's Early Childhood Autism Program back in 1995. He is alarmed with the new numbers, but thinks they might be inflated slightly. 

"You'll see evidence of improved diagnosis, and a little bit of evidence too of some over diagnosis of autism,' he said. 

The C.D.C says the 30 percent jump in U.S. autism cases is not an over diagnosis. Ghezzi says whether or not a child has autism is defined more by their behavior than a physical condition. 

"Our approach doesn't treat autism as a noun, it's not something a child possesses," he said. "We think of autism rather in terms of what a child does." 

Ghezzi believes the best way to reduce a child's autistic behavior in the future is simple: early diagnosis. 

"There are things you can do to," said Ghezzi."You can recover these children from autism. There's no question about that." 

Written By Landon Miller 

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