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GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents face challenges coming to terms with child's autism

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

An estimated 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at age 8. As Autism Awareness Month gets underway, it is a time to spread more awareness about the complexity of this disorder that affects so many children and their families. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Three main issues most families struggle with when it comes to ASD are: receiving the diagnosis, handling the perceptions of others, and deciding on a course of treatment.

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