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Indianapolis: As "prevalence increases"; "glaring problem: shortage of therapists"

Dec 1, 2021, NBC4, Indianapolis: As autism prevalence increases, it’s a struggle to find therapy

For many families, autism is a life-changing diagnosis. No two individuals diagnosed with autism are the same, nor are they expected to be, so each family’s journey is different — now, more and more families are going on this journey together. In the year 2000, one in every 150 children was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Now, that number is one in 54 children. It is reported to be in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, with boys being 4.5 times more commonly diagnosed than girls…. However, children with ASD are faced with one glaring problem: a shortage of therapists…. …and there is a shortage of ABA-Certified Individuals, most especially in lower-income areas. Several attempts have been made to try and improve treatment accessibility, yet shortages persist. That is, of course, after children have been on a long waiting list….


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