Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region
830 S. Addison, Villa Park
Open twice a month. For an evaluation, call Diana Dixon at (630)
In Kathy Schrock's mind, the earlier autism is diagnosed, the
For Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, that means
reaching out to toddlers, while many other diagnostic clinics in
the Chicago area won't see a child before 3.
"We know that a diagnosis can occur at 2, that intervention is
really critical in those first years of life," says Schrock, vice
president of clinical services at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox
As autism rates continue to climb-now at one in 88 children and
one in 54 for boys, according to a new study by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention-demand for diagnosis and treatment
has never been greater.
Schrock, who has been in the field 35 years, says in the last
six years, Easter Seals has gone from serving just a few kids with
autism to now almost 40 percent of the kids it serves having
To meet that demand, Easter Seals recently opened an Autism
Diagnostic Clinic that will focus primarily on very young
While Easter Seals has always provided diagnostic evaluations
for infants and kids, until now, a child with suspected autism had
to go elsewhere for a diagnosis and then return to Easter Seals for
"That didn't make a lot of sense to us," Schrock says.
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