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San Diego Center for Autism Expands to Support Growing Need

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) September 07, 2018 — Autism is a developmental disorder affecting more than 3.5 million Americans’ ability to communicate and socialize with others. Given how widespread autism is (approximately 1 in 68 people have the disorder), chances are you know someone on the autism spectrum. While autism cannot be “cured,” there are therapy options to help teach a child with autism methods of communication and skills to interact socially with others. These options help set a child up for success in life—in school and into adulthood.

The ability to diagnose autism at an early age is key to a child’s progress. The earlier an intervention takes place, the better chance the child will have to succeed in school, in work, and eventually, in living an independent life. One of the most well-researched, evidence-based forms of treatment for autism spectrum disorders is Applied Behavior Analysis, commonly referred to as “ABA therapy.” In his 1999 Mental Health report, former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, identified ABA therapy as an effective treatment for children with autism, stating:

“Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”

One family that has three children who were diagnosed with autism described their experience with ABA therapy with a national autism therapy provider, Autism Learning Partners:

“ABA was the best choice for our family and allowed our children to maintain their personalities while working through the anxiety and sensitivities often found in autism spectrum disorders.”

The family’s three children who received ABA therapy eventually went on to be in gifted and talented programs in school, with one child even attending an international baccalaureate program. Without ABA therapy, this level of independence may not have been possible. “ABA was imperative to their successes,” stated the children’s mother.

Autism Learning Partners, who is opening the San Diego Center for Autism – Rancho Bernardo, has been serving the community for the over 30 years; however, the recent increase in demand for services from local families meant that the center would need to expand to serve more families.

The San Diego Center for Autism – Rancho Bernardo is holding an open house for their grand re-opening to unveil the newly renovated, state-of-the-art ABA center. The open house will take place on November 10th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and will include a free carnival for local families. There will be free games and activities for children, food, and a prize raffle, including a family four-pack of tickets to the San Diego Zoo. The Center’s Senior Clinical Director, Sarah Torgrimson, encourages parents to bring their families to tour the new facility and meet the staff: “We are looking forward to meeting many new families at the open house and will be happy to answer any questions they may have about autism and center-based ABA therapy.”

For more information and to sign up for the event, visit autismlearningpartners.com/SanDiego

*This testimonial was solicited from a past Autism Learning Partners client.

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