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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A new report shows the number of children with autism may be higher than previously thought.

"They're not wrong, their just different," Leslie Mauck said.

For Mauck's 11-year-old son, Christian, he's always been a bit different.

"By listening to two or three measures of music and he could tell you if it was Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mozart," Mauck said. "But could not carry on a conversation."

Christian was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was four years old. A new study says 1 in 50 children between six and 17 are diagnosed with some type of Autism. But Mauck, who's studied psychology, thinks that knowledge and testing have pushed that statistic.

"I don't think that there are more kids who have Autism now I think it's becoming better known and easier spotted," Mauck said.

Christian goes to the Barclay School in Columbia. That's where Edith Bailey is a volunteer and has taught children with severe Autism for eight years. One of her children was also diagnosed with Asperger's when he was 15.

"When you find out that your child has difficulties that may limit their options or opportunities as an adult then there's a natural period of grief and anxiety about what your child's future may look like," Bailey said.

Now Bailey's son is in his 30s and lives what she calls a "normal life." But she says it's all thanks to early intervention and a positive attitude.

"You've got to remember that no one can foresee the future for your child," Bailey said.

If you want more information of Autism and the signs that could be linked to it visit www.autismspeaks.org or www.scautism.org.

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