New Autism and Asperger's diagnostic tool in Lake Charles

St. Nicholas Center for Early Intervention, Autism and Asperger's

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Saint Nicholas Center for Early Intervention held its fourth annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Jolly Jog on Saturday to raise awareness of autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

According to the CDC, "It is estimated that between  one in 80 and 1 in 240 with an average of one in 110 children in the United States have an ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder]".

Asperger's Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Asperger's is characterized by significant difficulties in social situations. With this disorder there are often restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

Autism and Asperger's are often misunderstood. One way to differentiate is Asperger's language and cognitive development.

Management of the disorders focuses on behavioral therapy.

Wendy Kennison has a son who has Asperger's syndrome. Kennison says, "Since he's been receiving treatment from Saint Nicholas Center, he's had a positive difference".  Tony Dietz agrees. Dietz says his son was diagnosed with autism when his was around three years old.  He says, "It is something to be able to find a way to communicate with my son. He is amazing. The center really helped".

According to Saint Nicholas Center:

St. Nicholas Center offers a wide range of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Skills training, and after-school tutoring. Services are provided to children with autism, developmental delays, and neurological disorders in a fun loving, and educational environment.

The center, located at 314 Broad Street in Lake Charles, La. Their contact phone number is: 337-491-0800.

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