autism spectrum disorder

For parents, high cost of autism therapy can mean stress, sacrifice

Sometimes it’s a cut to the grocery budget, or maybe skipping on buying something needed for the house. For parents like Jennie De Medicis, making sacrifices like these to pay for their child’s therapy is their reality. De Medicis’ six-year-old son Joseph has been diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. One-on-one intensive behaviour therapy has helped Joseph to recognize numbers, identify colours and hum songs, De Medicis said, but it’s not cheap.