Jayne Lytel, an author who urges early intervention in autism cases, tells Globe Staffer Patty Morin Fitzgerald that a clinic in Wellesley offers services for children who may have autism. The full Q and A with the Globe is here.
Lytel urges parents concerned about their autistic children to be aggressive with teachers and schools. She adds: "If you want to bypass publicly funded services, you have that right. Many hospitals and universities run top-notch diagnostic centers. A private evaluation can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, waiting lists can be long, and health insurers are stingy to reimburse. The LADDERS Clinic in Wellesley is highly regarded for diagnosing children on the autism spectrum. Call 781-449-6074 or visit ladders.org. I list others in my book and on the actearly.org website in the form of a Google map.''
Last year, the Globe reported many parents were using the clinic. Read more here.
Statewide, the number of schoolchildren diagnosed with autism has nearly doubled over the last five years, from 4,080 to 7,521, according to data from the Department of Education.
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