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Published on 13/12/2019 2:09 | Source: ANI

Study finds shortage of therapists to treat children with autism

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A recent study has unveiled a shocking truth about the insufficient supply of certified applied behaviour analysis (ABA) providers to meet the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in nearly every state. The study has found that there is substantial variation across states and regions, for instance, the per capita supply of certified ABA providers is substantially higher in the Northeast than in any other region. The study was published in the journal Psychiatric Services. The rising prevalence of ASD underscores the importance of access to evidence-based interventions such as ABA. An estimated one in 59 children had ASD in 2014, up from one in 125 a decade earlier, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. ABA uses behavioural learning principles to help children with ASD increase positive behaviours and social interactions and decrease problematic behaviors.