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Saint John support centre boosts care for autistic children — New Brunswick — CBC News

| Last Updated: Fri­day, May 5, 2006 | 12:57 PM AT CBC News

Preschool autis­tic chil­dren in south­west­ern New Brunswick now have their own sup­port centre.

With the open­ing of the Step­ping Stones agency in Saint John on Fri­day, chil­dren who had been lim­ited to one hour of ther­apy a week can have up to 20 hours of care.

I never ever thought that this would hap­pen, that one pop­u­la­tion would be des­ig­nated and given fund­ing,” said Sharon Gain­forth, a speech pathol­o­gist who spe­cial­izes in the treat­ment of chil­dren diag­nosed with autism spec­trum dis­or­der. (ASD).

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This is a huge begin­ning step, which I think the gov­ern­ment really needs to be applauded for, and I can’t say how much I appre­ci­ate it. I just see the dif­fer­ence in the kids, and that’s what it’s all about.”

There are 34 chil­dren cur­rently enrolled at the agency.

The cen­tre will offer ser­vices from occu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, psy­chol­o­gists, speech and lan­guage pathol­o­gists and sup­port work­ers, Gain­forth said, adding she heard pos­i­tive feed­back before the agency even opened.

Par­ents, they are just so pleased that the gov­ern­ment has placed agen­cies in place so that they know every­body who is a reg­is­tered clin­i­cal super­vi­sor, and every­body who is work­ing with their child is account­able,” she said.

via Saint John sup­port cen­tre boosts care for autis­tic chil­dren — New Brunswick — CBC News.

 

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