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Free autism screening for young children in the Cape

February 12, 2014
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age.

The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral, 609 SE 13 Court, Cape Coral.

It is estimated that one in every 88 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well.

The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders.

A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 239-343-6838.

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About Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of Lee Memorial Health System in Lee County, Florida. It is the only acute care children's hospital between Tampa and Miami. The children's hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. The name was changed to Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2012. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, the primary fund raising entity for Golisano Children's Hospital, is currently engaged in a major capital campaign to enhance pediatric hospital care in Southwest Florida by building a new 292,000 square foot, 128-bed children's hospital on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center. For more info, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida's mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in Southwest Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida supports The Ronald McDonald House, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Grants and Scholarships. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit the web site at www.ronaldmchouse.com or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL at (239) 437-0202.

 
 

 

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