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The Warren Center expands autism services

Written by Mindia Whittier

At least 250,000 individuals have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in Texas.

The Warren Center, a Richardson-based nonprofit that helps children with developmental delays and disabilities, has launched new Autism Assessment Services to meet growing demand.

Autism is the fastest-growing disability in Texas. As the disability grows, so does the need for assessments. The Warren Center announced its service expansion in conjunction with the Month of the Young Child during a cocktail reception on April 28 at Park City Club. Dr. Mary Ann Morris, a neurologist at Children’s Medical Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities spoke at the event, which was underwritten by Bank of Texas.

The comprehensive autism assessments offered by The Warren Center are conducted by professionals with expertise across a number of fields. The evaluations include observations, direct interaction, a parent interview, an in-depth look at the child’s developmental history and an evaluation of the following areas: social, communication, sensory, emotional, cognitive and adaptive behavior.

The team will personally meet with parents to discuss their findings, give specific and meaningful recommendations, answer any questions, provide a detailed written report and work with parents on a plan of action going forward.

“The earlier that services are delivered, the more likely children are to develop effective communication, language, visual, social and motor skills,” said Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. “Early intervention services are critical because young children grow and develop so quickly. If they do not receive services before they are five years old, it can have lasting effects.”

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Mindia Whittier