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On the front lines of autism

mother pointing to book page in child's lap

Comeback trail: Cherie Phillips and daughter Bronte, 3,
spend six to 10 hours a day on development work.
Photo: Tanya Lake

The rise in autistic disorders has embattled parents and doctors searching for new treatments, writes Judy Skatssoon.

Autism in a child is one of the most complex and challenging disabilities a parent can face, says Dr Trevor Clark, head of research and education at the Autism Association of NSW.

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