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Grandparents Play Vital Role for Autistic Children
Date:4/30/2010

hy Pratt, chair of the board of directors for the Autism Society and director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University in Bloomington. But, the increasing incidence along with greater awareness of autism has helped bring grandparents back into the family fold, she said.

"Now that people understand more and more, autism has become a family disorder. More and more grandparents are stepping into a supportive role, and aunts and uncles are, too," she said.

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Read more about the survey and the role of grandparents in the lives of children with autism from the AARP.



SOURCES: Paul Law, M.D., Ph.D., director, Interactive Autism Network, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore; Connie Anderson, Ph.D., community scientific liaison, Interactive Autism Network, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore; Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., chair, board of directors, Autism Society, and director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, Bloomington; April 2010 The IAN Research Report: Grandparents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


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