Autism in Minnesota

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    Autism's $100,000 question

    Advocates say intensive therapy helps kids. Skeptics ask whether it's really effective and worth public cost. Updated Apr. 4, 2011

  • Officially, Minnesota doesn't pay for an intensive type of autism therapy. Yet it has for some affluent families. Advocates say the intensive therapy helps kids, but skeptics question the cost and whether it's really effective.

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Elisa Roiko with twins Elijah (middle) and Seth

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    Article By: MAURA LERNER ,Star Tribune Publish April 3, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 2, 2011 11:49 PM

    A few years ago, they thought their children might spend the rest of their lives unable to talk or care for themselves. Yet today, their eldest son, Joshua, is mainstreamed in kindergarten and headed for a gifted classroom next fall.

    And they have high hopes for all their sons, thanks in part to a day treatment program at the Fraser Child & Family Center in Minneapolis. "We see progress every day," said Alexander Fernandez.


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