Created: 04/10/2014 10:33 AM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- New health research suggests there is a large number of Minnesota preschoolers who are living with autism spectrum disorder, and who are also missing out on years of services and support to improve their lives.
The Minnesota Department of Health is urging parents and educators to look for early signs and symptoms of autism.
A research project by the University of Minnesota this year showed that in 2010 the average age of autism diagnosis was about 5, when it's possible a diagnosis could be made around age two.
Researchers say early identification and subsequent action to help kids at an early age can help those with autism spectrum disorder to reach their full potential.
MDH provided some signs and symptoms of autism:
The same research study found Minneapolis had a higher rate of autism among 7 to 9 year old than the national average.