Autism Costs More Than $2 Million Over Patient’s Life

This is one of the important reasons Step-In Autism Services of Alaska utilizes ABA. Please refer to this article from Bloomberg.com by Nichole Ostrow, published June 9, 2014…http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-09/autism-costs-more-than-2-million-over-patient-s-life.html

Here is an excerpt:  The cost of caring for a individual with autism may exceed $2 million over a lifetime, on top of the average $250,000 to raise a child today, with most of the expense occurring in adulthood, researchers said.

Expenses for each autistic person with an intellectual disability may be $2.4 million in the U.S. and $2.2 million in the U.K., largely driven by the costs of residential care, special education and reduced employment prospects. For those who don’t have an intellectual disability, costs are estimated to be about $1.4 million per person in both countries, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

More than 3.5 million Americans are estimated to have autism, while in the U.K., more than 604,000 have the disorder, the authors said. The findings released yesterday from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and Political Science, look beyond age 18 to include the costs of a potential lifelong disability.

“We need to support families in planning for the long-term existence and happiness of their adult children with autism,” David Mandell, a study author and director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in a telephone interview.

Children and adults with autism may be unresponsive to people, become indifferent to social activity and have communication difficulties. They may also have an intellectual disability that can lead to a lack of skills necessary for daily living.

Behavioral Therapies

There is no cure for autism. Treatments for children with the disorder involve behavioral therapies designed to improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as medications or a combination of the approaches.

You may read the complete article at this web site:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-09/autism-costs-more-than-2-million-over-patient-s-life.html

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