The Courier-Mail

Autism diagnosis rates on rise as cases found earlier

Kyrgios worse than me, claims Mac the Mouth

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MORE Australian children are being diagnosed with autism but it is unclear whether the condition is more prevalent or just being detected earlier.

A study of 10,000 children split into two cohorts found 2.5 per cent more children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder before the age of seven, compared to older children.

MCRI clinical psychologi­st Dr Emma Sciberras said they would examine if this trend for early diagnosis continued or if there was an overall increase in prevalence.

“The shift we’re seeing towards a younger diagnosis could be because there is now more early interventi­on funding available to support autism,” she said.

The study, which also involved Latrobe University and the University of Melbourne, found most children with autism had at least one social problem, including issues such as reasoning skills and vocabulary difficulti­es. JOHN McEnroe says Nick Kyrgios’ “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” sledge at Stan Wa- wrinka was worse e than anything he e engaged in during g his rivalry with Jimmy C Connors. He also said Kyrgios tanked against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

Ahead of the US Open, McEnroe (pictured) told ESPN that Kyrgios had the potential to be a top-five star but was “cracking under pressure”.

“One thing I can’t condone or never condone is watching one p player, any playe er, throwing the t towel,”l ” McEn McEnroe said. “He tanked a game against Gasquet. The pressure’s getting to him.

“Me and Connors would be an example of trash talking. I don’t think we went to the level of what Nick was throwing out at Wawrinka,” he said.

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