New Pennsylvania program addresses adult care for autism

News in Brief – Pennsylvania Professor Edward Brodkin from the Pennsylvania Behavioural health adult autism program is to address the issue and impact of care for autism adults as they age.

There is an issue world wide with how current infrastructures deal with an ageing generation who have a diagnosis of autism and require community services to aid them.

The program was initially founded to observe children and adolescents with autism, but as Prof Brodkinn explains in an interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian:

“These kids with autism are growing into adulthood, there’s a real need for some form of clinical care and services for adolescents and adults with autism.”

David Mandell, director of the Centre for mental health and research at Pennsylvania state University said:

“We’re just at the beginning stages of understanding what adult services should look like. Once people with autism hit age 22, we have very little in the way of services, supports and entitlement.”

Brodkin plays a central part in assessing and referrals and around 12 to 15 patients have already been initiated on the program. The consultational model adopted, allows recommendations and advice to be given to family and patients on medication, treatment,  independent living and any questions they may have about transition into adulthood.

Research and observation in autism is currently centred around children, and diagnosis. There is hardly any ongoing observation of these children as they transition into adults, and the strain that may have on care services.

One comment was left on the article  by the media editor of  Age of Autism, Ann Dachel:

‘Once people with autism hit age 22, we have very little in the way of services, supports and entitlements.’
My question is WHY. Why isn’t there lots of help for adults with autism? Maybe the answer is BECAUSE WE HAVE NEVER HAD A SIGNIFICANT POPULATION LIKE THIS BEFORE. Otherwise, young adults with autism would go where autistic adults have always gone. The problem is, no one can show us where that is. Overwhelmingly, autism affects CHILDREN. The rate of one in every 50 U.S. children is always based on studies of CHILDREN.
The disorder with no known cause or cure is about to bankrupt us as all these autistic children age out of school and become dependent on the taxpayers for their support and care.”