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Autism Rates in Utah Demand More Facilities

Autism Rates in Utah Demand More Facilities

Autism Rates in Utah are on the rise and the demands for facilies for educating children who need autism therapy grows.

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New educational facilities for autistic children designed to create better learning atmosphere.

There is good news for students who need autism therapy. After the recent release of data for autism rates in Utah set off a storm of debate of the accuracy of the information. The data revealed that Utah’s rate of autism in children was almost twice the national average.

Facilities for educating students requiring autism therapy in utah are growing every day.

Late in June a new building will open the doors to serve students affected with autism in Orem, Utah. Clear Horizons Academy is set to open the new facility.

Parents and children affected by autism spectrum disorders requiring autsim therapy are under a great deal of stress do to the unique characteristics of autism spectrum disorder.

Jeff Merrill, a student at BYU and reporter for BYUtv, wrote a detailed report on the school where he points out some of the features the school with offer. These features, reported on Deseret News are specific to relieving pressures on autistic children.

The classrooms will include many amenities to help those with autism. Each room will have swinging hangers for students who constantly move their bodies. Architects also designed the rooms to let in indirect sunlight, as those with autism often deal with sensory problems. There will also be observation rooms and quiet rooms where the kids can cool down at times…

It will be nice to have places specifically designed for autism,” Hoop said. “Most families don’t realize the stress that comes with having a child with autism,” she added. “A school like this takes some of those pressures away.”

Those who run Clear Horizons say with the rate of autism increasing, Utah may need more schools that specialize in helping such students.

“If autism doesn’t directly affect your family now, ” Carol Walker of Clear Horizons said, it may soon.

“The school districts do all they can with what they have,” Lindsay said. “But kids with autism need special attention and special resources to make their learning experience truly effective.”

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Students in the Provo, Orem and Alpine districts will be served by the new facility mostly. However children living in another section of Utah wild be accepted.

Plans are in effect for the school to add to the current five. Over the next few years the school is expecting to grow as the number of students increase.

With the autism rates in Utah being what they are, these types of facilies are in growing demand. Even if you don’t agree with the CDC’s report, it is undeniable the instances autism in children are apparent, they have unique needs and unique facilities are required for optimal results.

Do you agree with the CDC’s report? Should Utah invest in a number of these facilities or will advancement in early intervention help make normal facilities acceptable for autistic childrens education?

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