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A High Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Preschool Children in an Immigrant, Multiethnic Population in Sweden: Challenges for Health Care

Journal article
Authors Petra Linnsand
Christopher Gillberg
A. Nilses
Bibbi Hagberg
Gudrun Nygren
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Pages 12
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication year 2020
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 12
Language en
Keywords Autism, Prevalence, Immigrant population, Health care, early intervention, diagnostic process, asperger-syndrome, risk-factors, parents, disabilities, association, knowledge, program, age, Psychology
Subject categories Neurosciences


This study examines the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool children in an immigrant population. Possible risk factors for ASD and individual needs for the children and their families are described, as well as implications for health care. The estimated minimum prevalence for ASD in the area was 3.66% for children aged 2-5 years. Multiple risk factors and extensive individual needs for the children and their families were observed. The high prevalence of ASD and the plethora of needs in immigrant communities pose challenges for health care. A coordinated health care system is necessary to meet the many and individual needs.

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