The rate of children diagnosed with Autism is increasing as the definition of the disorder broadens and parents become more aware that their children may have some indications of Autistic behaviors. Autism currently affects one in 110 children, and as research further defines the disorder, that number may be on the rise. Autism is defined as a “wide-spectrum disorder” on which children may be severely disabled or have mild issues with socialization, verbal or non-verbal communication, or other sensory-integration problems including aversions to sounds, lights, tastes and textures.
Autism clinics and specialty practices are growing in number in order to accommodate the need for better care and therapies for patients diagnosed with autism. Among other treatments, specialists in occupational, speech and physical therapy are in demand, as well as intensive therapies for feeding issues, behavioral concerns or even teaching adult life skills. In order to bring these valuable therapies to the community, a specialist in Healthcare Administration is needed to help collaborate with doctors and therapists and keep these speciality clinics and offices running. From providing research to medical staff to coordinating schedules and keeping medical records private and up to date, a healthcare administrator is a valuable part of the team of individuals who help treat patients diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.
With the continuing research that provides more clarity and answers to the puzzle that Autism is, one of the most important jobs a person can have is assisting in the treatment of patients with Autism. The administrative duties that help keep facilities running are just as important as the treatments themselves and may further benefit the entire study of Autism by helping to provide and maintain therapeutic environments in which patients receive care while doctors and specialists learn more and more about this pervasive developmental disorder.