It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.
Every month, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to children five years of age.
The Care Mobile makes stops at different locations throughout Lee County like Miromar Outlets and other public locations. The next screening will be on
The screening, which takes between a half hour and 40 minutes, is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders.
Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well.
Some children will fail the screening or be on various ends of the autism spectrum, but the Nurse Practitioner is there to point parents in the right direction in terms of other free services available to children that qualify and therapy options.
A physician referral is not required. The next mobile screening will be at the Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point on Friday January 19, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
To schedule a screening, please call 239-343-6838.