Autism Research Receives Boost

1 decade 10 months 5 days ago Monday, February 05 2007 Feb 5, 2007 Monday, February 05, 2007 6:18:39 PM CST February 05, 2007 in News

Myles Hinkel started noticing some odd behavior in his son Blake when Blake was a year old. He said other children in Blake's play group were further along developmentally and verbally.

Hinkel brought his son to the Thompson Center to find out if Blake might be autistic. But he had to wait eight months to get an appointment.

There is a list of more than 100 families hoping to be seen at the Thompson Center. With more money on the way, the center hopes to eliminate that waiting list.

"The best thing that's gonna happen here is that we'll be able to increase our ability to provide diagnostic services and speed up the opportunity for children to get treatment for autism spectrum disorders," Thompson Center Director Janet Farmer said.

This is important because the sooner treatment begins the better, Myles said.

"From the age of birth to three is really that window of opportunity for early intervention," Myles said.

Some signs of autism include lack of response to others, repetitive behaviors, avoiding physical touch, impaired language development, and playing alone.

Myles hopes in the future parents won't have to wait for a diagnosis when they notice the same traits he did.

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