What happens when autistic kids become adults?

What happens when autistic kids become adults?


We’re gonna put them on the table for each
child, okay?>>NARRATOR: Braden Gertz is getting his classroom
ready for the start of another school year and a new group of students. They’re not just
any students. They all have autism spectrum disorder, and Braden isn’t just any teacher’s
assistant. He has it too, and knows first hand the challenges his students face.>>BRADEN GERTZ: Some of the kids have issues,
like they don’t talk and we’re trying to help them speak.>>NARRATOR: That specialized care is crucial
for development. Each year, we spend 11.5 billion dollars on children with autism, for
everything from educational programs to medicine.>>DR. CHRISTOPER HANKS: But as they move into
the adult based care settings, they really struggle to identify providers who are comfortable
caring for them.>>NARRATOR: Which is why Dr. Christopher Hanks
of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has helped to open one of the few clinics
in the country dedicated to caring for adults with autism. Hanks says once patients like
Braden move away from their pediatrician, many have nowhere to go and often fall far
behind on things like check ups, immunizations and cancer screenings.>>HANKS: On top of that, they’re using ERs
more, they’re using, their needing emergency resources much more frequently. And so our
hope is to provide them a place for that, that isn’t the case and they actually get
the same level of care as the rest of the population.>>NARRATOR: Because social interaction can
be a challenge for those with autism, staff members often communicate with patients online.
Beyond medical care, they also assist with finding education and job opportunities, so
patients like Braden can continue to grow.>>HANKS: There’s almost a sense of relief
from them having finally found someone that understands where they’re coming from and
is willing to work with them in a way that they need.>>NARRATOR: At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical
Center, this is Clark Powell reporting.

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  1. He's so cute. What a good guy!! I bet he came a long way. That's proof and a testament to early intervention and trained teachers

  2. I just don’t talk but it’s going away I was bullied for not being someone’s friend I am homeschooled and I have a chance to go to middle school if anyone can tell me some stuff that might change my mind that will mean the world to me

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