Wilmington, N.C., April 3, 2018
With the incidence rate more than doubling in the last decade, autism is now the fastest growing developmental disability. North Carolina has the second highest prevalence rate in the U.S., that's 1 in 58 children in NC has autism. Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh are in the nation's top 20 cities with autism prevalence. Nationally, 1 in 68 children has autism, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Autism is a lifelong, complex spectrum of neurobiological developmental disorders. It affects how the brain processes information and learns. While autism has no defined cause and no known cure, there is help and hope.
At Easterseals UCP, Autism Services continues to grow to help children, teens and their families manage behaviors, learn, and develop independent living skills. With centers currently in Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington, North Carolina, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) use an evidence-based approach, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), to break down skills into small steps to help gain and improve on skills including communication, social, play, and daily living. Autism Services at Easterseals UCP will continue to expand to other cities to help as many families as possible.
When Jaxson was a year old, he came to the Wilmington Child Development Center with very few skills.He was a wanderer without any interests. Marcie Jaquish, Wilmington Child Development Center Director, said, “He would look at no one and wander back and forth between the two classroom doors crying to go out. When Jaxson got outside, he would cry to come back in.His only solace was holding two similar balls at all times.”
After two years of consistent work in the Autism Center and the classroom, Jaxson has made great gains. He has increased his joint attention and plays with toys other than balls including cars on a track, participates in bowling and jumps on a trampoline.With the help of a communication device, Jaxson has made a big break-through and can express his wants and needs.
Jaquish says, “Not only does he activate the button on a device to say “hi” or “bye”, Jaxson will spontaneously shift his gaze and look at the individual he is greeting with a smile!” At the end of the day, he’s glad to see his “Poppy”.
Every day is a new learning experience for three-year-old Jaxson. The team approach at Easterseals UCP has made a significant difference in Jaxson’s life.
Throughout April, Autism Acceptance Month, Easterseals UCP will share tips, resources and stories of success. Learn more about Easterseals UCP Autism Services.ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCPEasterseals UCP works side-by-side with adults and children who are managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve as a nurse, a therapist, a social worker, a job counselor, a teacher, a psychologist, a caregiver and a compassionate friend all rolled into one. Our purpose is to help neighbors in need achieve better days and live their best possible life.
Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com.For more information contact:Kathy EdgertonEasterseals UCP Chief Communications OfficerKathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660(C) 919-208-0621