Friday, March 04, 2011

Clinic Notes: Autism in China

Except for a few isolated countries autism seems to be a worldwide problem. We are having our Discrete Trial Training apps translated into Chinese for the Itunes store in China and I have been researching autism in China and how services are being provided. Accurate information is hard to gather, but it seems that autism is common and that there are only a few private facilities that provide treatment. Most Chinese, especially in rural areas, cannot find or afford treatment. The Chinese government has not set up any treatment programs. Interestingly, the main concern of the government is with their "retirement program". Traditionally, in China the children take care of their elderly parents (attractive to companies moving to China) and the government is concerned that the children with autism will not be able to care for their parents when they are old.

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