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August 19th, 2010
CTMC offers support for children with autism

STAFF REPORT

The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time for children. However, some may need a bit of help getting started, especially if they have been diagnosed with autism.

Children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or children who need cognitive and motor development therapy may be candidates for a treatment program at Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC’s) Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

“With more than forty years of combined experience, our occupational therapist and speech-language pathologist can create a specialized program with a maximum therapeutic benefit for your child,” said MeMe Lake, director of CTMC’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

Symptoms in the spectrum of autistic disorders include a decreased focus on task, atypical emotional outbursts, poor social skills, poor balance and poor eye contact. Some children may exhibit a delay in language and speech skills.

The spectrum of impairments associated with autism include Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when all the criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.

For more information on CTMC’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute call )512) 753-3625 or visit www.ctmc.org.

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