Autism

Ohio Governor John Kasich was lauded Wednesday by dozens of state legislators and parents of children with autism. They celebrated the Governor's order that, starting next year, will require health insurance policies in Ohio to cover autism treatment.

Michael Wasmer has a daughter with autism. He said the governor's move would help families with autistic children AFFORD the thousands of dollars worth of annual treatment that can bring those kids into the mainstream.

Ohio State University is participating in a large clinical research program to determine if an Alzheimer's disease medication can be used to treat children with autism.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that children with autism from central Ohio can enroll in the program at OSU's Nisonger Center.  The study is evaluating social interaction and communication among autistic children.