NDCPD receives funding for diagnostic clinics
The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Center of Excellence on the Minot State University campus, was recently awarded funding from the Department of Health's Children's Special Health Services for the Great Plains Interdisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic. This funding will allow professionals in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, education and pediatric medicine to work as an interdisciplinary team to evaluate children, age 18 months to 21 years, who are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
GPIC was awarded monies to cover six diagnostic clinics over the course of two years in Minot and Williston. Previously, the clinics were held in Minot and Jamestown. However, team members recognized the growing need for evaluations and services in the western North Dakota, particularly Williston.
"We are so pleased that we will now be able to provide diagnostic clinics in the Williston area, which has been underserved and greatly impacted by population growth. The Williston clinics will allow children to undergo diagnostic evaluations without the burden of traveling to another region of the state," said Hilory Liccini, GPIC project director.
ASD is a complex neuro-developmental disorder with prevalence rates as high as 1 in 88 children. With this funding, more children will have access to a diagnostic evaluation in the state. Parents, educators or medical professionals can refer children suspected of having ASD.
To make a referral or for more information on the clinics, contact Liccini at 858-3008 or Hilory.Liccini@minotstateu.edu.