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Her research aims to help kids with autism spectrum disorder

Posted 11/12/13

Submitted photo Penn State Harrisburg professor Kimberly Schreck, right, and Richard Foxx, a professor of psychology, view autism research.The parents that Penn State Harrisburg professor Kimberly Schreck met at an autism conference were desperate. …

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Her research aims to help kids with autism spectrum disorder

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autismSubmitted photo Penn State Harrisburg professor Kimberly Schreck, right, and Richard Foxx, a professor of psychology, view autism research.The parents that Penn State Harrisburg professor Kimberly Schreck met at an autism conference were desperate. They would do anything, spare any expense, for a treatment that could bring improvement to their child with an autism spectrum disorder, a confusing cluster of conditions characterized by difficulties in social interaction and repetitive behaviors.  

So when an uncredentialed “specialist” told them the problem was caused by a vitamin deficiency – and he could develop a concoction to improve their son’s condition for $10,000 – they jumped at the opportunity.

Then the parents were told the concoction would cost even more. By the time they realized the treatment did not work, they had paid nearly $150,000 and mortgaged their home – all for nothing.

It’s stories like theirs that makes Schreck so passionate about autism research, and such a staunch opponent of seemingly harmless treatments that don’t work.

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