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Autism Center

THE NEED
1 in 68 children are being diagnosed with autism. This prevalence of autism has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, according to The Center for Disease Control in 2014. Experts conclude that early diagnosis and intervention are critical to therapeutic success.

THE RESOURCES TO HELP
Holy Angels, with more than 50 years of experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has opened the Holy Angels Autism Center, which will directly serve people ranging from preschool to school-age to those in post-secondary school.

The Autism Center will help assess specific needs and help families find appropriate services. Holy Angels will evaluate the whole health of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with the goal of helping the individual and their entire family develop a roadmap for specific treatment and education plans. This roadmap will lead the way for the person with autism to reach their highest, happiest potential.

Holy Angels uses the “Descriptive Triangle of Autism Spectrum Disorders”, which includes 1) Language and Communication, 2) Behavior Reduction, 3) Social Relationships and Emotional Responses. The roadmap would focus on these areas of need, depending upon the severity in each person.

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Autism Center will focus on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide treatment and support. ABA has been widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health.

THE EXPERTS
Mary O’Neal serves as Director and is a Board Certified Behavior
Analyst (BCBA). There are approximately 20 BCBAs in North Louisiana.
Dr. Patterson, Psychiatrist
Scott Leply, Masters in Psychology, BCBA

THE HOLY ANGELS FAMILY
The people who come to the Holy Angels Autism Center will become a part of the Holy Angels Family. Along with the extraordinary support system from the numerous professionals at the 64 acre campus, there are many amenities exclusive to Holy Angels. These include aquatic therapy, SNOEZELEN relaxation or sensory stimulation, pet therapy, music therapy, Tibetian bowl therapy and/or spiritual training.

NEXT STEPS
Diagnosis of Autism (physician or psychiatrist)
Receive a prescription for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Get a psychological assessment
Contact Mary O’Neal, 629.1732, at Holy Angels Autism Center.

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