Thursday, December 3, 2020

CHS Partners with Eden Autism -Offers Free Screenings

 

 

CHS Healthcare has partnered with Eden Autism Services to offer free autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screenings onboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® in Collier County. Autism disorders are a growing health concern, but is it something that parents in our community should be concerned about?

Consider this, according to the Centers for Disease control (CDC) one in every 110 children are diagnosed with some form of ASD making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Autism is a term to describe a group of complex developmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorders or ASD. These disorders don’t discriminate and have been found to strikes individuals in all racial, ethnic and social groups consistently around the world. Autism has been found to be more prevalent in boys, affecting them four times more often than girls.

Screenings are a key component to early diagnosis and subsequent early intervention for the individual with ASD and their family. Studies consistently show that early treatment services offer the child with ASD the best possible developmental outcome.

Autism screenings will be offered aboard the Care Mobile to children ages 18 months to five years old. They will be administered by Eden’s Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Amber Perymon, PSY.D. and Julianne Lasley, Director of Behavioral Services and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

A physician’s referral will not be required to receive the ASD screening. The next screening will take place at Golden Gate Community Center October 26, 2010. To schedule a Collier County screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile by Eden Autism staff, call 239-992-4680, extension 5011.

Eden Autism Services was founded in New Jersey in 1975 with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families by providing a range of community-based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. In 1996, Eden Autism Services Florida was founded to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services Florida’s services include consultations and early intervention, schools in Naples and Fort Myers for school age students, an organic training farm, and residential and employment services for adults. For more information, contact Raquel Torres at 239-992-4680, extension 5017 or Eden.florida@edenautism.org.

CHS Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit “safety net” health care provider with 12 health care locations throughout Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The organization offers primary and preventative medical, pediatric, and dental health care services and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association).

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