VA: Mobile autism clinic to bring therapy to rural regions; 21,106 ASD students in state

July 21, 2018, Roanoke (VA) Times: Driving for an autism solution …The Virginia Tech Mobile Autism Clinic — with university faculty and students that possess unique skills in recognizing and treating autism spectrum disorder on board — is rolling to rural parts of the region. This week it was at the Mount Rogers Community Services Board’s Fernwood Counseling Center just outside Galax city limits…. The people who run the clinic offer therapy sessions to children who need them. They hope to run diagnostic services to diagnose children at an early age who could have autism . The clinic also offers training for their parents in an effort to better help them help their children. It’s a service that’s desperately needed in this part of Virginia, Scarpa said…. Autism continues to become more common, though its cause remains unknown. The Virginia Department of Education reports that last year, 21,106 students between the ages of 2 and 22 in public schools were on the autism spectrum. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 59 children have autism spectrum disorder. The number of children diagnosed with the disorder rose by 150 percent between 2000 and 2014, Scarpa said.