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Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center Reports 2010 Statistics
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Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center Reports 2010 Statistics

The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has been operating for a full-year and has seen 200+ children ranging in age from 1 to 17 years old. The multidisciplinary program is dedicated to the diagnosis of children with possible autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to improve access to services or care.

Sessions are held once a week and each child is evaluated by a Developmental Pediatrician, Child Neurologist and Child Psychologist in an hour and a half long appointment. The team discusses the child and develops recommendations for further testing, diagnosis or coordination of services. The child's parent/guardian has anadditional follow-up session with a physician and social worker to discuss diagnosis and recommendations.

Approximately 50% of the children seen thus far have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Analysis through the third quarter 2010 indicates the following:

Gender: Male 84%; Female 16%

Ages: Youngest 1.6 years; Oldest 17 years; Median: 6.7 years

Race Description: White 86%; African American 5%; Biracial 4%; Other 5%

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorders 49%; Behavioral 17.5%; ADHD 10%; Anxiety 5%; and Other 4.5%

To make a referral, physicians should ask the parent or guardian to call the center at: (716) 878-7600 After a pre-screen by the nurse or LCSW-R, the child will be scheduled for an appointment.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is considered the "gold standard" for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. In addition to the ADOS tests performed through the Robert Warner, MD Center for Children with Special Needs, the Autism Center has expanded access to ADOS by recently certifying the center’s Clinical Social Worker in addition to the center’s Child Psychologist to perform the test.


Autism Education & Outreach

In partnership with the Early Childhood Direction Center, we will be giving a series of presentations to different departments in Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo about the special needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and what healthcare providers can do to improve the quality of the patient-provider experience. The first presentation is planned for the first quarter of 2011 with the department of inpatient surgery. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a session, please contact Cathy Casacci, RN, BSN at ccasacci@kaleidahealth.org.

Autism Support Group

The Center is collaborating with the Center for Autism Support and Education (CASE) and holding a monthly autism support group for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The sessions are free of charge and are typically held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at EPIC, 1000 Main Street. The first session in 2011 is scheduled for January 12. For more information, please call 878-7600.

A long-time and significant supporter of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, The Children’s Guild Foundation presented a $585,000 grant to establish the Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Excellence. Components of this comprehensive center include:

1) improved access and turnaround time to diagnosis

2) family-centered coordination of care

3) collaboration within research, service and community groups

4) a targeted communication, information and education campaign

For more information about The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, go to its web site page at http://www.wchob.org/autism.

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