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Autism Awareness: 1 in every 59

In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That’s an average of 1 in every 59 children.

The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center breaks down the facts and figures of ASD.

What are the signs of autism?

The timing and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3. Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.


What are the symptoms?

Autism’s core symptoms are social communication challenges and restricted, repetitive behaviors. In autism, these symptoms begin in early childhood (though they may go unrecognized), persist and interfere with daily living.


What causes autism?

There’s no one cause of autism. Research suggests that autism develops from a combination of genetic and non-genetic, or environmental, influences.


The Riley Center can help!

The Riley Center seeks to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children and their families faced with autism. Our staff implements the most current research-proven treatments and educational practices in a caring and supportive environment. Services available include:

  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Screening for Autism
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Therapy)
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Consulting & Training Early Intervention
  • Early Education Program ( 4 – 6 years old)
  • Special Day School Program (6 – 21 years old)
  • Social Skills Classes (Toddler – Teens)


An Opportunity to Help!

As a nonprofit organization offering services at below costs for families, we need your help! The Riley Center is holding its annual event on Thursday, October 3rd at the Roundhouse 398 Monroe St. NW, Huntsville, Alabama. We  invite local businesses and organizations to donate an item or service for our silent auction and/or become a corporate sponsor for the Rocket City Riley Fest.

Reach out to us anytime for more information about this and other events at (256) 882-2457.

Melody Crane
Executive Director, The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center

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