While experts say early intervention can help children living with autism navigate through life, new research shows that the therapists needed to treat those children are in short supply, especially in Midwestern states, reports WEAU 13 News.

Emily Halpin, Recruiter for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project says this doesn’t surprise her and shares with the news station how important these professionals are.

“What we do here is we work with them on a lot of different things …communication, daily living skills, anything they could really need help with, especially their behaviors,” said Halpin.

Founded in 1995, Wisconsin Early Autism Project serves children in several cities providing early comprehensive behavioral treatment for young children with autism.

Autism or autism spectrum disorder represents a broad range of conditions that impact a person’s social skills, behavior, speech, and non-verbal communication. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

“We do a lot of really early intensive therapies with them. We’re working with them 30-40 hours a week, we’re in their homes, we’re helping the families, we’re teaching them how to help their kids,” said Halpin.

Read more about how the Wisconsin Early Autism Project serves children and families here.