According the Center for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States. It refers to a broad range of conditions including challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Given that autism is a spectrum, no case is identical. The ways an autistic person thinks, learns and problem-solve may vary. Autism can be diagnosed in children as young as 18 months old. Research shows early detection sets people with autism up for success, later in life.
The mission of the LSU Health Shreveport Children’s Center is to maximize the potential of children, infancy through 15 years of age, throughout the Ark-La-Tex by providing diagnostic assessment and treatment, supporting and educating families and service providers, and offering technical assistance and outreach to community agencies.