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CDC: 1 in 35 NJ 4-year-olds are on the autism spectrum

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A new study says New Jersey tops the country when it comes to diagnosing preschool students with autism.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 1 in 59 4-year-olds nationwide were identified on the spectrum. In New Jersey, the likelihood rises to 1 in 35.

The Perez family has called New Jersey home for nearly two years since they realized the care they needed for their two sons with autism was in the Garden State. Both 10-year-old Josiah and 7-year-old Jace are on the autism spectrum and have different necessities.

Michelle Perez believes that number is in part due to early detection and awareness in New Jersey. She says it starts with physicians.

"She was able to figure out a lot of things that we didn't get it in New York, a lot of answers in terms of conditions and new things that were probably there, but they didn't catch it," says Perez.

Perez adds that New Jersey offers a school system that individualizes needs and in-home care, as well as other specialized services.

For more information, click here, or contact their helpline at 800.4.AUTISM.

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