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As of the 2020 census, the CDC reports 1 in 36 children in the US has autism with 4 times as many boys as girls diagnosed. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have become more familiar as the general public has become increasingly aware of the signs. While we still do not yet fully understand the causes of autism, there is an enormous amount of research underway.
Facing an autism diagnosis is daunting for most parents. In fact, many parents delay evaluation with the hope that their child will outgrow the symptoms. The fact is, if your child is showing signs of autism, early intervention gives your child a better chance at long-term success.
Autism Signs to Watch For
Indications like “he’s not looking at me” or “he doesn’t respond when I call his name” may or may not reflect autism. Sometimes these symptoms mimic other issues such as slow maturation or speech delays. A screening (for children under age three) or evaluation can help offer clarity, support and next steps.
Early intervention is critical, so if you have concerns that something isn’t right, please reach out to arrange for a consultation.
How CHC helps with Autism
We offer expert evaluations and therapy, a personalized, comprehensive approach to understanding and living with a diagnosis of autism. Join us for community education and engagement opportunities designed to raise awareness, build partnerships, reduce stigma and ensure that no one ever feels alone.
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CHC’s Approach to Treating Autism
A diagnosis like autism is a serious matter and we know that treatment can make a huge difference. Therefore, early intervention is critical for longer term success. Our integrated care model is particularly beneficial to families who have a child with autism. With access to many types of specialists under the same roof, you don’t have to coordinate care–our specialists do it for you.
CHC Specialists Who Work With Autism
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Speech-Language Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Assistive Technology Specialists
- Behavior Specialists
- Learning Specialists
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