Increasing Autism Services a Top Priority for Federal Autism Panel


One of the reasons our co-ceo Jack Lynch founded PresenceLearning was because of the lack of available services serving individuals with autism. Providing vital speech therapy services relies on innovation and investment which is something we strive for her at PresenceLearning. With online speech therapy and online occupational therapy, we believe we are helping citizens across the country have more options for speech therapy services

Currently, The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is delving more into the issue of the limited availability of autism services with speech therapy being one of these services. Afte the IACC released a report this week outlining progress of research of autism over the last two years, Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the IACC, said, “The volume of research is almost overwhelming, and new insights into areas such as brain circuitry, behavioral neuroscience, intervention approaches, genetics, immunology, environmental risk factors and services needs are creating opportunities to really change outcomes.”

However, the IACC acknowledged that it has not done enough to address autism services and indicated that the group is looking to increase its focus on that issue this year. In addition,  far too little is known about autism in adults, the role that environmental factors play in development of the condition and what the impact will be of new criteria for autism in the forthcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, among other issues.

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