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New clinic will provide support for families with for children with autism

Families with children on the autism spectrum will tell you support is key in everyday life.

In Rochester, there's a new clinic coming to provide even more resources. Thanks to a generous $1 million gift from the Levine Foundation – soon Rochester will have its very own, state-of-the-art pediatric autism clinic.

Excitement is building as the William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic nears completion.

"There's walls, there's a roof, there's bricks on the outside and we're well on our way to moving in, in February or March or 2017," says Dr. Susan Hyman.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorders affect one in every 68 children. The new pediatric autism clinic will complement existing programs and services already offered by the U of R through the Kirch Developmental Services Center. However, everything will be geared towards children.

"People with autism have sensory differences related to bright lights, related to noise, they have social differences related to how they perceive crowds and stress related to change and transition," says Dr. Hyman.

Just some of the factors that Dr. Hyman says were considered when designing the building because the environment is part of the treatment.

Dr. Hyman says, "There is going to be a way finding visual guide so that people who are stressed or anxious with entering a clinical setting will have something to fix on and set on. We are going to have touch down spaces along the way so if someone is having challenges entering or moving through there will be secure places to touch down."

Once completed, the Levine Autism Clinic will provide state-of-the-art care, like none other, to families and children on the autism spectrum.

"This is a very novel program," says Dr. Hyman. "I'm not aware of anything like this anywhere in the country. This is going to provide unparalleled opportunity for diagnosis and treatment of the families affected by autism here in Rochester."

Again, the William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic is expected to open in February or March. For more information on the clinic, you can click here.

August 17, 2016 06:35 PM, Jennifer Mobilia, WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company