- Associated Press - Saturday, October 8, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — University of Utah officials want to provide a “one stop shop” for parents and professionals dealing with autism in hopes of finding its cause and best treatment options.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/qil7vk ) the Autism Resource Partnership is being created through a $450,000 grant from The Regence Foundation. The foundation is a not-for-profit licensee of insurance company Regence BlueCross and BlueShield in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Insurance officials say of 8-year-olds in Utah, 1 in 77 has autism.

Grant-funded training will start in November for teachers and counselors who work with autistic children. The course developed by a university psychology professor helps high-functioning children with their social skills. There also will be medication management training.

University officials say the goal is to provide a “full picture of autism.”

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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