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Avondale, AZ: New ASD dx clinic opens; 'demand...through the roof'

July 22, 2023, AZ Big Media: Axis for Autism opens Avondale location, expands access to care

In a move that will improve access to autism care for West Valley families, Arizona-based Axis for Autism has opened a new clinic in Avondale at 12725 W. Indian School Road, Suite C102.

The company, which has served families across Arizona since 2021, provides autism evaluations using a proprietary model that streamlines diagnoses and cuts wait times, ensuring families have access to life-changing interventions and therapies faster. …

…This is noteworthy, as families across Arizona often wait a year or longer for an autism evaluation. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 36 Arizona children has autism, up from 1 in 64 in 2008.

“Demand for autism evaluations is through the roof, yet families face so many obstacles just trying to get an appointment with the right kind of doctor,” said Christine Ehrich, founder and CEO of Axis for Autism. “Our new clinic in Avondale will allow us to serve more families and help them connect with critical interventions more quickly,” she said.

A wealth of research shows early interventions can improve a child’s overall development, from boosting social and language skills to mitigating behavioral challenges and improving IQ. To that end, Axis for Autism aims to bring down the average age of diagnosis – from 4 years 10 months to 2 years….

“Our goal with this new clinic is to remove all roadblocks to an autism diagnosis,” said Ehrich.

As demand has increased and wait lists have grown longer, the cost of an evaluation also has gone up, creating an additional barrier to care. Many providers charge up to $4,500 for screenings and do not accept health insurance. Axis for Autism and its network of providers are covered by commercial insurers and Medicaid, meaning families have no or low out-of-pocket costs. The company also offers a cash-pay option….

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