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SD Autism Discovery Institute Is First In California


Aired 1/14/11

The new Autism Discovery Institute in San Diego is one of only three facilities like it in the country and the first in California.

— The new Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital offers a unique way to help children with autism.

Inclusive school program at the Autism Institute Center at Rady Children’s Ho...
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Above: Inclusive school program at the Autism Institute Center at Rady Children’s Hospital on January 13, 2010.

What makes the $1.1 million facility unique is its three level approach to autism -- all under one roof.

Inside the nearly 12,000 square foot institute there is a diagnostic treatment center, an autism inclusion school with three toddler classrooms, two preschool rooms and a sensory motor gym. There is also an on-site autism research center.

Kristin Gist is the senior director of developmental services at the institute. She said early intervention is important when dealing with autistic children and their families.

“Starting an early and intensive educational intervention program makes a tremendous difference in the outcome of children who have autism spectrum disorders.”

The Autism Discovery Institute officially opened its doors on January 13, 2011.

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JormaTakala | April 15, 2011 at 6:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

I have Aspergers Syndrome and I discovered the cause of Autism.

I'm so sick of these doctors who think they are soooo smart but they can't figure it out.

I'm not a doctor, technically I have been treated like I am a freak retard or something.

But I KNOW what causes Autism!
And I can prove it!

Ask me and I will tell you!

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