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Jacksonville, FL: Autism school, 'there is no other place for a lot of families'

Oct 21, 2021, Jericho School in Jacksonville serves families affected by autism: 'No other place for a lot of families'

…At 21 months old, Brandon was diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by repetitive behaviors and impairment in verbal communication and social interaction. But Brandon is now 23 and his world has widened, largely thanks to The Jericho School in Jacksonville, which uses applied behavior analysis and verbal behavior in the treatment of children with autism and other developmental problems. That's why board member Cynthia Lupi is helping promote Golf for Autism, a Saturday fundraiser for the private, nonprofit school…. The school was founded in 1995 by a group of Jacksonville-area parents and business leaders who saw the need. At the time, Jericho was one of only a few in the country to provide a science-based curriculum utilizing applied behavior analysis, which includes positive reinforcement and is now widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism…. "There is no other place for a lot of families. … They've been at other schools and not been successful," he said. "If we weren't here, they don't know where their child would go. We're reminded of that quite often…. About 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, which is four times more common among boys than among girls, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is currently no cure, but "early intervention treatment … can improve a child’s development," according to the CDC.


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