By Lee Wilkinson - examiner.com
Caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face a number of significant challenges. They include: (1) the complexity of the disorder itself, which requires early and intensive behavioral interventions requiring coordination among multiple educational and health-care providers; (2) extensive developmental and physical comorbidities that need greater medical management and attention by the caregiver as well as the health-care providers; and (3) lack of “gold standard” or evidence base for wide array of pharmacological, biomedical, alternative treatment, and behavioral therapies used by caregivers of children with ASD. In addition, the substantial out-of-pocket direct health-care costs and other indirect costs incurred by families of children with ASD also pose a significant financial burden on these families.
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