Autism Center Aims to Rebuild After Joplin Tornado

7 years 2 days 4 hours ago Monday, June 20 2011 Jun 20, 2011 Monday, June 20, 2011 3:38:21 AM CDT June 20, 2011 in News
Source: Jamie Goncalves
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - A prominent autism treatment center in Missouri hopes to quickly rebuild after a deadly tornado last month that destroyed the facility.

The Ozark Center for Autism in Joplin was demolished by the May 22 tornado that wiped out thousands of buildings and killed more than 150 people.

The center opened in 2007 in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. It offers intensive, one-on-one therapy starting in preschool as well as in-home care.

Clinical director Jennifer Kirby says it has a reputation as the "gold standard" in autism treatment.

The center has relocated to the outskirts of town until it can move to another temporary facility. Fewer families can easily reach its current location. Workers are doing more home visits, but are concerned some children could fall through the cracks.

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