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Autism treatments: A parent's perspective (Alison Singer presentation)

Panel: Autism spectrum disorders: Early intervention and treatment (Health Journalism 2011)

Speaker: Alison Singer, president, Autism Science Foundation

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Panel description: With about 1 in 100 American schoolchildren diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, the condition is a hot, controversial topic that has been in the news repeatedly over the past few years. There are an extraordinary number of treatments aimed at children with autism, many of them risky and unproven. Most are promoted as backed by science, often with long lists of references from medical journals. Which are dubious? Which are potentially dangerous? What evidence-based treatments are available for autism? How do parents wade through these questions, and what resources are out there to help them?