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Hackensack, NJ: Institute opens new autism center; 'We know there’s a significant need'

July 26, 2021, Edison, NJ, Hackensack Meridian Health: Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Opens New Medical Program for Young Children on Autism Spectrum

A new medical rehabilitation program for young children ages two to five with autism spectrum disorders has opened at Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. The You & Me Autism Program for Young Children, part of the JFK Johnson Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, provides one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, in addition to group activities. Speech therapy and occupational therapy can also be provided…. The program opens as the incidence of autism continues to rise in the United States. New Jersey has the highest rate with one out of every 32 children in the state diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data say one in every 54 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder…. “We know there’s a significant need for intensive and highly focused programs like this for young children with autism spectrum disorders,” said Sara Cuccurullo, M.D., Medical Director and Vice President of JFK Johnson. …


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