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Autism Screening in SWFL

Tabitha Keller, a Cape Coral mother of three children, noticed that her oldest child was different from other children his age.

“Trent wasn’t socializing the way that other kids socialized, and he had a pretty significant speech delay,” Tabitha said.

When Tabitha learned Ronald McDonald House Charities and Golisano Children’s Hospital offered free autism screenings once a month, Tabitha knew she had to take her son to get tested.

In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control reported 1 in 125 American children was diagnosed with autism. In 2018 that number is 1 in 59.

In addition to Ronald McDonald House and Golisano Children’s Hospital, there are several places throughout Southwest Florida for people to get screened for autism.

Where You Can Go for Autism Screening

Additional reporting by Gabriella Milian