Friday, September 9, 2011

Help for Families of Children Living with Autism

The CDC's most recent data shows an average of 1 in 100 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Because there is no known cause and no known cure, the prevalence continues to grow and ASDs have been identified as an urgent public health issue.

"I think we know a lot about things that help not to cure autism, but to make it better. But the degree to which it's actually offered to people or accessible to people ranges tremendously." - Catherine Lord, University of Michigan professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry

The Effective Health Care Program of the AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has released new resources to "make it better". The new consumer and clinician guides on autism provide insight into these conditions, and the various treatment options available. The guides are designed to help families of children living with ASDs, and their clinicians, work together to make important decisions about how to treat and manage the condition.

The free guides are available online Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers. Print copies are available by sending an E-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.

For additional information about the research read the full report.

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