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THURSDAY AT 10: Digging deeper into shortage of autism therapists

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RIO (WKOW) -- More children are being diagnosed with autism in the U.S., but parents and providers say there aren't enough resources to help them learn to live with the disorder.

Through therapy, toddlers can develop social skills and overcome the challenges of autism.

"We need somebody that cares, that will show up to work and be consistent and want to build relationships with these kids," said Amanda Kaja, area director with FamilyPath Autism Services.

One mother says her son has seen big improvements working with therapists. But living in a rural area has made it a challenge to get him the time he needs.

"At this point right now, he's so young that we don't know what his capabilities are, but he shows us that he is learning and then he's picking this stuff up," said Cassie Paap, from Rio.

Thursday night on 27 News at 10, we're Digging Deeper into the shortage of therapists and how it's impacting families in our area.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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