A new specialty clinic in Genesse County gives parents fresh, closer treatment options. Last April a new benefit was added to Michigan Medicaid system, which is when Genesee Health System began plans to create the center in a building previously used by Hurley Medical Center for physical therapy programs.
“A center like this does not exist anywhere in the county” says Lauren Tompkins, chief clinical officer at GHS and director of the center. Tompkins expects it to take more than a year to serve all the eligible children at Genesee County who are eligible.
Children receive treatment anywhere from five to 20 hours a week for their specific needs. Treatment includes helping develop better communication skills, address any behavioral problems, helping them become academically prepared or as independent as possible depending on the age of the child. Typically, treatment last one and half to two years at the center. After treatment is done or after they age out of the center at home help and transitional help is still available. Parents are involved early on and are required to take a 12-week training course, along with being involved with direct observation and skill development.
Like GHS, ICare4Autism has also started a project to help an area that is in desperate need of an Autism Center. This project, called ICare4Autism-Pakistan, will increase awareness of autism in Pakistan and develop an Autism Center. This project will be completed in three phases. Phase one will be focused on raising awareness. Phase two will train professionals, educators and health care workers on autism. Phase three will develop an Autism Center in Islamabad. For more information on this project please click here.
For more information on autism therapy, please visit: http://www.icare4autism.org/news/category/autism-therapy/