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May 24, 2018

Autism & Mental Health: Problems & Solutions

Two new studies point to higher and growing healthcare costs for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan, particularly in the area of mental health. A new model program in New York might have an answer to this critical problem. A new study reports that children with autism were up to 30 times more likely to use emergency departments (ED) than youth without ASD. Many of those visits were for non-urgent ED visits, which is a costly way to provide routine healthcare. Up to 13 percent of visits were for behavioral or psychiatric problems, far more than for children without autism, for whom less than two percent of visits were for psychiatric problems. Youth with ASD were also likely to have repeat visits to the ED and more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric unit or medical floor. The study was a review of the literature published between 1985 and 2016.

May 24, 2018

The Constant Worry of Wandering & Elopement

A news report from ABC Affiliate WMAR in Baltimore focuses on the dangers of wandering and elopement by children with autism. “There was no sign (of him) and it was as if the world just stopped”, recounts autism mom Tonia Ferguson on the day she woke up and her son was missing. It’s a fearful […]

May 24, 2018

Why We Can and Should Focus on Autism Prevention

In light of the recent increase in autism from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59 children in just two years, a new video by scientist Bruce Lanphear it worth watching and sharing. The video makes the case for preventing chronic diseases like autism rather than chasing down genes or finding cures. In “Cause or Cure. Is the relentless pursuit of a cure hazardous to our health?”, Dr. Lanphear says that more health and science dollars need to be directed to prevention. His approach to prevention is identifying environmental exposures that promote disease and then investing in removing these exposures.

May 24, 2018

Autism Prevalence – Examining the Myths and Truths – Video Transcript

Transcript of Video Heidi Roger: Hi. I’m Heidi Roger. I am a board of director for SafeMinds, and I am the mom of a 23-year-old man with autism. Today, we’re speaking with Dr. Walter Zahorodny, the associate professor of pediatrics at the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University, and director of the New Jersey […]

April 26, 2018

U.S. Autism Prevalence Rate Soars to 1 in 59 Children

National Autism Organizations Demand Emergency Meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services and Federal Autism Coordinator to Address Crisis Related Links Letter to HHS Officials CDC Report: Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014 Baltimore, MD, April 26, 2018 – SafeMinds, […]

April 26, 2018

Letter to HHS Officials

The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Dr. Ann Wagner, Ph.D. Federal Autism Coordinator Chief, Biomarker and Intervention Development for Childhood-Onset Mental Disorders Branch Division of Translational Research National Institute of Mental Health 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7162, MSC 9617 Bethesda, MD 20892 […]

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