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Updated March 1, 2016 7:56 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BLOOMFIELD) - More children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every day, yet doctors still are uncertain of the cause.

The condition can affect a child's socialization and communication skills. ASD is often diagnosable as early as infancy and most often begins before age three. Yet in Indiana, the average age of diagnosis for autism is five years old. Nationally, 26.9 percent of children with autism were diagnosed before age three, compared to just 12.7 percent in Indiana.

That's why the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and Purdue Extension of Greene County are teaming up to host a forum to better explain autism. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the Greene County Community Event Center at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4503 West State Road 54 in Bloomfield. The location is about three miles east of Switz City on Highway 54, between State Roads 67 and 57.

Natalee Mace with Autism Society of Indiana will speak to attendees about the basics of understanding autism, the early warning signs, the types of behaviors autism can cause and the local treatment options available.

As part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, the seminar and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. This café is funded in part by Old National Bank Foundation.

For more information on the Youth Worker Café, contact IYI Southeast Outreach Manager, Joe Shrode at

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