Doctors are finding more autism and greater acceptance for people with the condition, but patients and families still face obstacles in getting treatment and support. Upstate Medical University held a symposium on autism as part of National Autism Awareness Month. Associate neuroscience professor at Upstate Frank Middleton is working on further developing tools for early diagnosis. However, he says there’s a crucial delay between warning signs and a full assessment.
A nationally renowned expert in Autism has made her way to Syracuse to speak with parents tonight. Dr. Temple Grandin has been heard on NPR’s Fresh Air and has been sharing her life through books and appearances. Grandin says she received very early childhood intervention when she was a child. One of the problems Grandin sees with kids on the higher end of the Autism spectrum is they’re not learning work skills. She says that instruction needs happen well before High School Graduation.