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April is Autism Awareness Month in Canada.

Prairie North Regional Health Authority is excited to participate in helping raise awareness of Autism. The Prairie North Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program, along with community partners, have organized events in support of those affected by ASD. Those affected by ASD, their families and friends, as well as any other community members who are interested, will have the opportunity to come and raise awareness about Autism, and how it affects the lives of those in our community.

The first will be a day of fun and awareness at the Servus Sports Centre in Lloydminster on Saturday, April 8. Click here for information on the Lloydminster event.

On Saturday April 29, a similar event will be held at the NationsWEST Fieldhouse in North Battleford. Click here here for information on the North Battleford event.

Prairie North Regional Health Authority offers Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services to children with a diagnosis or query about ASD from birth to age 19 years. Services include individual or group therapy provided by Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and/or Autism Support Workers; consultation and collaboration with schools and community partners; and assessments.

Parental consent is necessary for a referral to the ASD program. Referrals can be made to the program by families, physicians, and community programs.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting children today. New research (2015) shows that one in every 68 children has ASD:  a number that has grown 120% since estimates 10 years ago (Autism Speaks Canada website). While each child with ASD experiences challenges when it comes to the areas of communication, socialization and behaviour, the spectrum nature of the disorder results in each child developing unique skills, abilities and needs.

 For more information or to make a referral, please contact (306) 820-2556.

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