Best-kept secret in Rockford

It’s been said that a society is judged by how it treats its most needy members. If that’s true, then the work being done at the Barbara Olson Center of Hope reflects very well on our city. I attended the ribbon-cutting of their new Community Therapy Clinic (CTC) sensory center last week. Their sensory program is one of the first in Illinois and in the country to reach out to ADULTS with autism. The newly-opened CTC is available to teens and adults with disabilities from within the community, not just the clients of the BOCOH.

As a parent of a son who is autistic, I have learned firsthand how important it is to incorporate elements of a sensory program into daily activities. We know that the prevalence of autism in children is now 1 in 88. Those children will one day be adults, and will need the kind of expertise that is being developed and utilized at the BOCOH. I applaud the BOCOH for being the leader in incorporating cutting-edge scientific methods of therapy for adults with autism. As a father of a child who will continue to need such services as an adult, this gives me hope.

Dr. Kendall Boone

From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue

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