Local facility helps fight against autism - WNEM TV 5

Local facility helps fight against autism

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

It's a common brain disorder that affects one in 68 children in America and rates have soared nearly 30 percent in just a matter of years.

But a local facility is hoping to fight autism with a program that helps improve behavior and speech problems.

Lindsey Lapish is a therapist who works with children with autism every day at Children's Therapy Corner in Midland. It's an outpatient facility where parents can bring their kids for speech, language and other kinds of therapy.

"Children who have autism survive on routines and love repetition. So when something changes it's a big issue for them. It's hard for them to handle," says Lapish.

Robert Davis brought his grandson to the center Tuesday. He says the treatment here has made a huge difference.

"A year ago, he wouldn't even talk. Now he's just babbling up a storm," says Davis.

April is Autism Awareness Month. But the folks at Children's Therapy Corner say that every day here is Autism Awareness Month.

Whether it's customized advice for parents or a special weighted blanket to comfort a child, this corner gives parents hope and a kind, sympathetic voice.

Tuesday marks the first day of Autism Awareness Month. In light of that, Genesee Health System will cut the ribbon to its first autism clinic this Friday.

The facility will treat children and teens in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties.

Also, to get your autism questions answered, tune into TV5 at 5 p.m. on April 8. A panel of experts including doctors from Covenant Healthcare Center will be here to answer your questions.

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