Complex and challenging, autism spectrum disorders often pose great difficulties for patients and their families. To improve options for people with these disorders, including young adults, Rush University Medical Center has established the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Program.
The program serves patients from preschool age through their 20s, providing thorough assessments of their capabilities, needs, and physical and mental health, then offering a combination of advanced medical and psychological treatments. In addition, the program has a research aspect for identifying promising new treatments for medical and psychological problems associated with autism spectrum disorders.
"With the AARTS Program, we're able to tailor evaluations and treatment interventions far beyond what we've been able to do in the past," says Louis Kraus, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Rush. "We hope that this greatly improves the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders — and helps their families to better understand and accommodate their needs."
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