Sunday, October 9, 2011

Philly, a New Hotbed of Autism Research

PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after their 18-month-old daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2009, Beth and John Yocum enrolled her in a language-learning study at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She got a comprehensive evaluation - a full day of examining, questioning, playing - from a team of experts, all of it free.
"They were amazing," Beth said. "We got a lot of very good advice from the doctors about where Amanda stood development-wise from their tests, and what types of therapies we should seek to help her progress."
Now the Yocums have a new baby, and the entire family is part of another study, this one run nationally by Drexel University. It is the largest effort to find environmental triggers of autism.

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