ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Autism now affects one in every 68 children in this country, and it puts a real strain on families searching for answers and advice.

Jack Reis with the Thompson Foundation for Autism says one of the best things parents can do is get a diagnosis as soon as possible. Research has shown early intervention results in the best outcomes for kids.

“We don’t know the cause and we don’t know what the cure is,” Reis says. “But groups like the Thompson Center, are deeply involved in research and are hopeful that some day – of finding answers that parents and family members desperately need.”

Reis says parents can take their children to either the Thompson Center or Mercy Kids Autism Center for evaluation. He adds that it is very important to get a test done early.

Some of the top doctors and researchers in the field of autism will be part of a panel discussion Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be located at the Doubletree in Chesterfield.

The event is free to attend.

For more information or or to submit questions to the panelists, contact Jack Reiss at (314) 550-2888 or

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