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Jacksonville, NC: 'We see really high rates of autism spectrum disorders'

Dec 4, 2023, Daily News, Jacksonville, NC: New learning center for children with autism spectrum disorder opens in Jacksonville

A new resource just opened in Onslow County, one that will give children with autism spectrum disorder an individualized type of therapy.

Priorities ABA Learning Center is located at 806 Bell Fork Road in Jacksonville, and its open house and ribbon-cutting was held Thursday afternoon. The center will offer families compassionate and contemporary ABA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder, according to Managing Behavior Analyst Amber Adams….

Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce President Laurette Leagon was in attendance Thursday for the ribbon-cutting, saying that as a chamber of commerce, they’re always thankful for business openings and expansions because of the jobs they create….

Leagon added that organizations like Priorities ABA connect the community with much-needed resources, which leads to empowerment and inclusivity.

“In Jacksonville, there are over 1,500 students in the school system that are part of the special education system,” Adams explained. “With that, we see really high rates of autism spectrum disorders. By having this facility here in town, we are able to help support the schools and help support the families with getting therapy that’s going to be beneficial for their child.”

Any child with autism spectrum disorder can visit Priorities ABA, Adams saying they take most major insurances, including Tricare and Medicaid. They’ll be able to take 30 clients on a day-to-day basis, as well as providing in-home services….

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