Large, Innovative Autism Project Sparks Hope for Better Treatments
[Source: Medical X-Press]
No words can describe how happy Quanita Estell is to hear her six-year-old son come home with hilarious stories to tell. First, she enjoys his sense of humor, but mostly she’s thrilled to see Joseph, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 2, is becoming better able to communicate.
It’s been a long journey involving extensive treatment. But it’s paid off.
Now she gets to hear all about his adventures learning to surf in a program that helps children who have autism. Water and music seem to work wonders for him, but she knows they still have a tough road ahead. It’s one reason she plans to enroll in a new nationwide genetic study to track down clues to the causes of autism with the goal of potentially developing new treatments. The study opens April 1 at the Medical University of South Carolina.
“We try to get involved with anything that can help them,” she says of a disorder that affects an estimated one out of 68 children.
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