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UC Riverside's Autism Center offers screening

March 24, 2010 12:41:59 AM PDT
A University of California, Riverside clinic is conducting screenings for young children suspected of having autism spectrum disorders.The screenings are geared towards creating an appropriate education program for children with autism in the Inland Empire.

"There is absolutely nowhere in the Inland Empire for parents to go to find that," said Jan Blacher, founder and director of SEARCH (Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope) center. "We have tried to create one-stop shopping."

The screening clinics are designed for children between two and five-years-old, but they are open to everyone. They provide an in-depth assessment using the Autism Diagnostic Observation System. They are being conducted in English or Spanish at the UCR campus and in the San Bernardino Unified School District.

The SEARCH center is also recruiting parents for group sessions about autism treatment options.

Parents who want more information about the group sessions or screening clinics can call SEARCH at (951) 827-3849 or send an e-mail to searchcenter@ucr.edu.