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N.S outlines autism plan

HALIFAX—An additional 30-40 pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder in Nova Scotia will receive treatment each year as a result of $3.6 million being included in the provincial budget.

A total of 180 children will be receiving treatment under the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment program.

The province announced today that under the program, children will get up to 18 hours a week of treatment offered by psychologists, speech language pathologists, and autism support workers.

Training also is given to parents so they can work with their children.

The aim of the program is to help children be more successful when they start school.

The province now spends $14 million a year on the program.

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