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Healio Psychiatry: "As the prevalence of autism...continues to rise" more services are called for

Dec 16, 2019, Healio Psychiatry: Shortage of applied behavior analysis providers exists for children with ASD https://www.healio.com/psychiatry/autism-spectrum-disorders/news/online/%7B23ff3b51-70fc-4d8e-a680-f752fa49c574%7D/shortage-of-applied-behavior-analysis-providers-exists-for-children-with-asd As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder continues to rise in the United States, the supply of certified applied behavior analysis providers to match the demand for treatment has fallen significantly short, according to study findings published in Psychiatric Services. “There is an insufficient supply of applied behavior analysis providers in nearly all states in the U.S.,” Yidan Xue Zhang, MC, of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, told Healio Psychiatry. “We need to increase the supply of autism service providers to improve treatment access for children with autism.”… “Efforts to improve screening and early identification of children with ASD may not translate into the receipt of evidence-based services, such as applied behavior analysis, if there is an insufficient supply of providers available to treat this population,” Zhang said. – by Joe Gramigna