HOUSTON – (April 7, 2014) – In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will host autism screening events at two locations in Houston on Friday, April 11, 2014. The LoneStar LEND Program autism screenings will be conducted free of charge for local families with young children.
The first autism screening event will be from 9 a.m. – Noon at Harris Health Outpatient Center – Ambulatory Building Room 10005, 5550 Kelley St., Houston, TX, 77026. The second autism screening event will be from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at El Centro de Corazón – John S. Dunn Health Center, 7635 Canal Street, Houston, TX, 77012. Autism screenings will be conducted by trained professionals for children between the ages of 16 and 48 months. During the screening, parents will complete a brief questionnaire about their child’s development. Translators will be available for Spanish and Vietnamese-speaking families at both locations.
“It is critically important that children with suspected developmental delays or autism are screened early in life, even before their first birthday, to ensure they receive services as soon as possible,” said Pauline A. Filipek, M.D., director of the LoneStar LEND Program and the Autism Center at CLI. “Our goal at the Autism Center is to provide a diagnosis and to empower families to advocate for their children and locate services to meet their needs. The events on April 11 will offer free autism screenings for young children and empower parents with crucial information about their children’s development.”
The LoneStar LEND Program at the Children’s Learning Institute is part of a national network of Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) programs funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Its purpose is to improve global service delivery, including increased identification and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ND), to Texas children with ASD/ND.
For more information about the LoneStar LEND Program and the Children’s Learning Institute, visit www.childrenslearninginstitute.org.