Enhanced Support for Children with Autism

One in every 88 children is affected by autism spectrum disorder. With a steady rise in the prevalence of autism, more and more families are seeking support and treatment. The University of Rochester has become a national leader in autism treatment and research. 

Rochester Review‘s “The Spaces Between” shines some light on the complexities of autism spectrum disorder, with interviews of families who have children with autism and a look into the collaborative and multidisciplinary approach the University of Rochester has taken in trying to gain a better understanding of this complex disorder.

The University of Rochester has been at the forefront of research in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), which uses modern behavioral learning theory to help children with autism for quite awhile. Just last week, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education announced that it will partner with Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics to offer a new program and specialization in ABA, so the teachers of tomorrow can better serve students with autism.

A recent Democrat and Chronicle article, written by Caurie Putman, shares the story of a couple who went to school in Rochester and returned here after one of their three triplets was diagnosed with autism. The family found support at Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Kirch Center for Developmental Disabilities and Monroe County’s Early Intervention Program.

A nurse practitioner at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Lynn Cole, wrote a blog post for Autism Speaks, in which she shared the benefits of a helpful toolkit available for families of children with autism, which guides them through the process of deciding which medications might be beneficial for their children.

Golisano Children’s Hospital has made it a priority to support and enhance the services provided for children in the Finger Lakes community who have been diagnosed with autism. Read more about how we hope to grow our program.

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