A recently conducted survey of a thousand parents of autistic children (ASD) aged between 10 or below across the country found out that on average, there is a delay of fifteen months at least between the time when parents initially suspect any developmental issue and the beginning of treatment. Around 32 percent of parents were told when you sought treatment that their child would outgrow it hence blocking the further access to the instrumental treatment. The research was conducted by Wakefield Research and was commissioned by Centria Autism.
Chief Medical officer of Centria Healthcare, Steven Merahn stated: “In speaking with hundreds of families dealing with ASD, we’ve heard loud and clear that navigating the ASD environment, and especially finding the right treatment to meet the specific needs of their child, can be difficult. Treatment of any child with autism should be individualized and holistic. Our team seeks to bring standard-of-care, evidence-based behavioral solutions to families and help individuals navigate the ASD care path to ensure every child has the best developmental experience possible and can achieve their goals and dreams through high-quality ABA therapy and support.”
In 2019, around 65 to 70 thousand people out of the 3.8 million children born in the United States are expected to meet the criteria for diagnosing ASD.
.Additional findings of the research included eight medical visits by the patients to diagnose the suspect, greater concern on how society sees and treats ASD children, and Autism therapy is similar to having a part-time job for the parents.
A parent of an autistic child, Kayla Schmidt said: “As a parent of two young children with autism, I was in deep denial when my first child, Jacob, started presenting symptoms. I didn’t know what to do or what services to use to get him treated. Thankfully, I was connected to Centria Autism within a couple of weeks, and they’ve been tremendously helpful in providing Jacob a personalized plan to help him learn and develop based on his own needs. ABA therapy has been very successful for him. Seeing his progress gives me great hope that he will be able to reach his goals and do what he loves later in life.”