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Many Parents of Kids With Autism Don't Put Faith in Pediatricians

May 17, 2012

Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson was quoted today in an article in US News and World Report about a recent study that finds that many parents don't feel that they can talk to their pediatricians for advice on treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

"This study validates what previous studies and parents have told us: Many pediatricians are not prepared to provide the kind of advice and information that parents need after receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child," said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for Autism Speaks.

She added: "Without advice and information from their primary care provider, families must navigate treatment options on their own, which can be confusing and complex. This adds to the already high levels of stress that families are experiencing. We need greater emphasis on autism training for primary care physicians so they can help parents make informed decisions about their child's care."

For more on the study, see Barriers and Opportunities for Shared Treatment Decisions.