Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center is designed to be a welcoming space for tutoring, therapy and education. Pictured is a kids reading area.Photo courtesy of Joel Gebet
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders is on the rise. Latest studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. As rates of autism in children continue to climb, many communities have struggled to meet the needs of those who are diagnosed. In St. Louis two organizations announced plans to provide families with more resources.
Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center opens in Chesterfield St. Louis parents have often waited months to have a child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist for autism or other developmental disorders. However, a new pediatric neurologist has opened a practice in Chesterfield to help meet the immediate needs of area families.
Staff at the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center, which opened in February, diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental delays, learning disabilities and concussion syndrome. The center is unique because staff provide continuity of care, said Avi Domnitz-Gebet, a pediatric neurologist. Families don't just visit for diagnosis and medical treatment, she said. They also find support, tutoring, and behavior, speech, occupational and physical therapy through the center. The Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center is located at 17300 North Outer Forty, Suite 205, Chesterfield, Mo, 63005. Call 636-778-9212 for more information. The center will have a community open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.
Easter Seals Midwest to provide free parent training In honor of autism awareness month, the Easter Seals Midwest St. Louis office will provide its two-week intensive parent training program for free to families with children with autism. During parent training, families learn coping skills and effective methods to communicate and interact with their child, as well as therapy techniques to support their child.
The next training session is Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional dates may be made available. Training will be held at Easter Seals Midwest Autism Services Office, 10176 Corporate Square Drive, Suite 150, St. Louis, Mo., 63132. To qualify, families must register by Friday, May 30, by calling 314-432-6200.
"Trying to find the best way to help your child can be overwhelming, and that's how Easter Seals Midwest can help," said Easter Seals Midwest CEO Wendy Sullivan. "For families of a child with autism, understanding the disorder and learning how to address behavior and communication challenges is extremely important."
Easter Seals Midwest, formerly Life Skills/TouchPoint Autism Services, is the oldest and largest provider of autism services in the state and helps people with developmental disabilities, including autism, learn, live, work and participate in the community.