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A new hope for autistic children fills a growing, desperate need – at a price

Sitting next to Henry Roane in a padded room could be one of the best places for Nicholas Rotundo.

Rotundo, 6, has autism. Roane is a psychologist. The room is at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s outpatient psychiatry clinic in Syracuse. For four months, Roane has been meeting Rotundo there five days a week, 90 minutes a day, trying to modify Nick’s behavior.

At home, Rotundo’s behaviors had his parents at wits’ end. His behaviors threatened his twin sister and his older sister, who also have autism. He would scream for hours. Smear feces around his room. Pinch and scratch siblings and parents. Claw himself until he bled. Urinate around the house. Eat plastic toys, dirt and mulch.

via A new hope for autistic children fills a growing, desperate need – at a price | syracuse.com.

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