Judge: Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center must continue autism therapy

ALHAMBRA — A suburban Los Angeles medical center has been told to keep treating autistic children with a special therapy until a judge decides whether it can stop using the method.

An attorney for the families of seven children says a judge issued a preliminary injunction last week against the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center in Alhambra.

The state-supported nonprofit is being sued for cutting a program that provides weekly one-on-one care to autistic children.

The state considers the program to be experimental therapy. It was cut as California tries to deal with a huge budget shortfall.

The center's executive director Gloria Wong says the center is disappointed with the ruling, but will comply with the desire of the court.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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