Child Health Topics

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 1 in 68 childrenExternal Link. Children with autism face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including long wait times to get a diagnosis or treatment. The earlier children are treated for autism, the more likely they are able to progress like typically developing children. This means that early intervention is crucial.

What NICHQ is Doing

Through multiple projects, NICHQ has worked with autism specialty clinics across North America to make changes that improve care in their systems and find successful treatment tactics to share on a wider scale.

Highlights of Improving Autism Care

In this video, Autism Treatment Network (ATN) Director Dan Coury, MD, speaks about how NICHQ's quality improvement program is helping centers around the continent improve care for children with autism spectrum disorders. SourceExternal Link