A Lifelong Developmental Disability
Autism Is a Complex Behavioral Disorder that varies in its severity. Autism affects the ability to participate in life in most every way imaginable:
- Social interactions
- Daily living skills
Without help, people with autism may exhibit “perseverative” behaviors — behaviors which they may repeat hundreds of times per day (hand-flapping, jumping, yelling, rocking back and forth, repeating the same phrase).
Autism can also result in intense behavioral concerns — dangerous, self-injurious and aggressive behaviors.
These behaviors can make it impossible for children with autism, or their families, to do even everyday things like eating in a restaurant, going to the movies, attending religious services.
Harvard University School Of Public Health* has estimated the lifetime cost of caring for one individual with autism averages $3.2 million dollars
While there is no cure for autism, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been proven to make a significant and often dramatic difference in the lives of children with autism.
Garden Academy is committed to reducing the human and financial cost of autism by helping individuals with autism reach their potential to live independent productive lives.
The Incidence of Autism
Has Skyrocketed The increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism has resulted in a critical shortage of appropriate services. Garden Academy was founded in response to this crisis.