OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A pilot program has found Oklahoma doesn't have enough therapists and behavioral specialists to work with autistic children.
Thirty families were chosen for the autism two-year pilot project. Each could spend up to $12,360 a year on services for their autistic child.
Officials with the state Department of Human Services say there are so few providers of needed services the families only spent about $4,500 a year.
Of the 30 families selected 15 are from the Oklahoma City area and 15 are from the Tulsa area.
Autism is a developmental problem affecting a child's ability to interact and communicate with others. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in every 150 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.
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