CREATED Jun. 28, 2013
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- More kids than ever are being diagnosed with Autism and these children and their families need treatment and help. They're finding it at Touro University's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
"Very nice, what's your mom's phone number?"
12-year-old Steven has autism. For 3 years he's come for treatment to Touro University's Center for Autism and Developmental disabilities. And in that time, his family has seen dramatic improvements.
Mom Chris Bailey says, "They've helped us transition him into middle school, issues that come up at home -- they're there for us. It's a family issue. It's not just the child it's everybody in the family and the center is there for everybody."
Taneesha Porter is one of Steven's favorite therapists. But a variety of therapists -- with different specialties -- work together under the direction of Dr. Nicole Cavenagh. "Even if a child is only accessing 1 or 2 therapies, their treatment plan is looked at from all of our clinicians so it makes a whole child approach."
And since all services are under one roof, it saves parents like Chris from having to drive all over town. But more than convenience, Chris says the Center is a lifesaver. "And I know they're there to support us and Steven and we're not alone. That's it. We are not alone."
Because there is nothing like it in our Valley, there is a waiting list. the average wait for diagnosis and treatment is six months. The Touro team is working on that challenge right now.
If you are inspired by the work they do, you should know many of their clients are on scholarship, and they could use your financial support.