April is Autism Awareness Month 2020

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Pensacola, Fla. (March 26), 2020 – During Autism Awareness Month 2020 Lakeview Center wants to help educate the community on the disorder to help improve lives. Here are a few facts: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic rates are 1 in 59 children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • Establishing a communication system for the family is a great first step. Visual supports such as daily schedules or token boards are often helpful. 
  • Community supports such as Autism Pensacola, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech and language, and physical/occupational therapies are helpful.  
  • Four behaviors that parents can  can model to help their children accept and make friends with peers on the Autism Spectrum include:
    1. Be patient. Pause. Allow your child time to process things and respond. 
    2. Be flexible. Not all children will respond to social interaction the same way. Just because a response doesn’t meet your expectation doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Play along and have fun. 
    3. Use gestures to support your words.  
    4. Be kind—always. 

Call Jessi Truett, ABA program director, at 850. 469.3726 to learn more about Autism treatment and support.