Around the Tiers: Free Autism Spectrum Disorder screening

By Chelsea Bishop

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 7:49 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University will offer a free Austism Spectrum Disorder Screening Clinic.

The event will be on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Institute of Child Development, located at 4400 Vestal Parkway East.

Children between the ages of 1-5 years old and their families are eligible for the free screening.

Families will be seen by appointment only.

Those wishing to attend the screening must pre-register at least a day in advance, by visiting the Institute of Child Development website, and filling out an online form.

The purpose of this clinic is to help determine if children are exhibiting signs associated with ASD so that families know if they should seek more in-depth diagnostic evaluation through early intervention or preschool special education services.

Autism Spectrum Disorders have become much more common over the last two decades, and greater emphasis is being placed on early identification to decrease the delay in access to treatment. Because children vary greatly in how they develop, especially between birth and 5 years of age, care must be taken not to mistakenly identify a child as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and also not to miss signs of a problem.

If you have questions about whether the screening is appropriate for your child, call 1-855-910-4ASD.