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Most parents experience stress, but for those raising children with autism, everyday life often brings Stress with a capital S, from managing behavior and therapies to school problems. More than a few studies report that parents of children with autism experience more stress than other parents do. What can families do to cope?

When Luther Kalb worked at a hospital unit for children with psychiatric problems and developmental disabilities, he heard "horror stories" about the children entering the hospital through the Emergency Room (ER). Later, he became part of a research team that created the first large study of psychiatric-related ER visits for children with autism. The study reached interesting conclusions about how often children with autism visit the ER and why their insurance might play a role.