Startling CDC Report Shows 1 in 88 Children Diagnosed with Autism; Recognize April As Autism Awareness Month and Learn 3 Characteristics to Identify Autism

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In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about Autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. Dr. Drake Duane, medical director of the Developmental Discovery Center, recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder & Aspergers

Developmental Discovery Center - Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum

“After over 20 years of treatment of learning, behavioral, and movement disorders I have found a real need to encourage early identification in order to ensure success in school and in adulthood,” says Dr. Duane, Medical Director of the DDC.

Dr. Drake Duane, a Physician in Scottsdale, AZ and Medical Director of the Developmental Discovery Center is raising awareness about autism.

A diagnosis of Autism need not be frightening. With a thorough and accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical professional and the correct treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, children with Autism can be successful, productive adults. Below are characteristics common to this group of disorders to help identify Autism Spectrum.

Autism is defined as a “spectrum” of disorders by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention because of the varied range of severity and symptoms associated with the condition. Autism Spectrum Disorders emerge in infancy and early childhood, marked by delays and problems in many developmental area, including:

1. Restricted verbal and nonverbal communication – speech, voice, gesture
2. Limited social interaction and difficulty relating to others – social isolation, poor eye contact, innocent but inappropriate social behaviors.
3. Rigid or inflexible behavior – need to control rules for games, inability to interrupt an activity.

Parental observation of their child’s development puts parents in the best position to detect these characteristics. Autism encompasses a variety of delays that impact upon the child’s ability to meet essential social, cognitive and emotional milestones. It is important that parents educate themselves to recognize what may be signs of Autism in their child’s development.

Early, persistent and appropriate intervention is an autistic child’s best home to master social skills, improve behavior and strengthen areas of weakness. A wait-and-see approach with Autism wastes valuable time. Concern about your child? Take an online self-assessment now and decide if an evaluation is appropriate.

The Developmental Discovery Center is designed to be a resource for parents and children struggling with the challenges of learning and behavioral disorders. The main mission is to provide early identification and intervention for common conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, OCD, and Tourette-Syndrome.

“After over 20 years of treatment of learning, behavioral, and movement disorders, I have found a real need to encourage early identification in order to ensure success in school and in adulthood,” says Dr. Duane, Medical Director of the DDC.

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If your child is struggling in school or with behavioral issues it may be time for a professional comprehensive evaluation. Contact us to today at (480) 860-1222 to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation. Visit or for more details.

About Drake Duane, MS MD:

Dr. Drake Duane has helped to transform the lives of hundreds of patients who suffered from the challenges of learning, behavioral and movement disorders. 

His unique compassionate approach of early identification and intervention treatments has provided measurable improvements in learning, behavior, mood, and self-image.

Dr. Duane is widely published on the topics of learning, behavioral, and movement disorders. He participates in over 20 national associations and councils as an advisor including the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He also uses his many years of experience to mentor medical and pre-medical students across Arizona. He is past president of the International Dyslexia Society and International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities.

His current practice specifically addresses the needs of the increasing youth population experiencing the challenges of learning, behavioral and movement disorders.

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