Autism is a disorder which has been shown to a large number of young people. According to recent research from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the number of children affected by autism, ages 1 to 18, nearly tripled.
Parents whose children are affected may not know where to turn, but they should know that disability benefits may be available for them from the Social Security Administration. While this will not fix everything, it could help with many of the expenses incurred during treatments and doctor visits.
These studies, which were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, found that the number of children hospitalized for other developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, remained steady.
“Overwhelmed parents, schools and community providers of mental health resources may have been unable to meet the needs of these patients and this failure to treat adequately in the outpatient sector may have led to a direct increase in hospitalizations,” the study authors wrote.
The Stanford study found that once children with autism were between the ages of 15 and 18, there were three-and-a-half times more likely than their peers to be hospitalized.
The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous children affected by autism in SSA benefit hearings. Helping children affected by autism is a matter of obtaining all relevant medical and school records, as well as opinions, and presenting this evidence persuasively to the SSA judge.