Autism treatment delays concern family

A growing issue among Canadian families is the delay of provincial funding for early treatment of autistic children. The Ministry of Children provides up to $22,000 per year for qualified children under six. However, a B.C. family has encountered delays in the funding and has been subjected to spending their own money for the assessment of their two autistic children. Andrea Kennedy says her children would have had to wait a year and a half to be diagnosed if it had been through the system due to the extensive delays. Through various studies, it is evident that early intensive treatment can result in better outcomes for autistic children whether through communication or social skills. Kennedy solely organized the testing and treatment and has seen results with her one-year-old daughter as she has started making eye contact. The provincial funding system has come a long way but further improvements need to be implemented as early treatment in critical.


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