MIND Institute Helps Parents Find Right Treatments For Autism

Autism patients got some relief

CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO  (CBS13) — The numbers are rising: According to the Centers For Disease Control, 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

CBS13 caught up with two families who have taken very different treatment paths, but are both happy with the results.

“When we got the diagnosis, we were devastated,” said Marisol Clark

The Clark Family’s reaction to their child’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis is very similar to the Vestal family’s.

“You freak out,” said Caroline Vestal. “I freaked out.”

But the therapy given to each of their children is very different. Both incorporate play and parent interaction, but  the techniques have separate foundations.

Jackson Vestal’s mother started with the well-known and scientifically studied method of applied behavior analysis. It focuses on rewarding her 7-year-old’s good behavior.

“We tried ABA for four years,” she said, “and I’m not saying it didn’t help. It did help to a certain…

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