A GP guide to managing ASD - part 1

We look at the evidence for three intervention therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.

More than one in five Australian children have developmental vulnerabilities, often including parent and/or teacher concerns in domains such as language, learning, behaviour, socialisation and emotional regulation.

Autism

Unfortunately, the pathway to care and support is often contingent on a ‘label’ or ‘diagnosis’.1

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a good example of this issue, with rising diagnosis rates in Australia having paralleled the introduction of well-intentioned funding measures such as the government-funded Helping Children with Autism program.

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