From MUSC Catalyst:

A new survey of 8,000 families affected by autism shows the Parkers have plenty of company in struggling at times during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 60% reported severe disruptions in services and therapies. The problem was worst for children under the age of 5.

The survey was carried out by the multi-year SPARK genetic research project. Dr. Laura Carpenter, who leads MUSC’s participation in the study, said:

“I’ve been really concerned about these families, especially the ones whose children had pretty significant special education needs.” She encouraged families to make at-home routines as similar to pre-COVID times as possible.