Treatment Services for Individuals Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Quito, Ecuador There is an urgent and growing need for trained personnel and services to serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Ecuador. This article illustrates how, almost 10 years ago, a small group of very committed professionals from multidisciplinary fields decided to fill the void for ASD services by establishing ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2012
Treatment Services for Individuals Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Quito, Ecuador
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Graciela Cárdenas González
    Centro de Rehabilitación Helen KellerQuito, Ecuador
  • Mari Riojas Lester
    Education Service Center, Region XIII, Austin, TX
  • Author's Note: Neither of the authors of this paper receives any royalties or other forms of remuneration from the Centro de Rehabilitación Helen Keller.
    Author's Note: Neither of the authors of this paper receives any royalties or other forms of remuneration from the Centro de Rehabilitación Helen Keller.×
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Article   |   May 01, 2012
Treatment Services for Individuals Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Quito, Ecuador
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2012, Vol. 2, 19-26. doi:10.1044/gics2.1.19
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2012, Vol. 2, 19-26. doi:10.1044/gics2.1.19

There is an urgent and growing need for trained personnel and services to serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Ecuador. This article illustrates how, almost 10 years ago, a small group of very committed professionals from multidisciplinary fields decided to fill the void for ASD services by establishing the Centro de Rehabilitación Helen Keller. The authors address the educational and behavioral interventions provided by the team of professionals, support staff, and volunteers that are capitalizing on their collective knowledge and experience to help children, and discuss the vision and goals of the center. Finally, the authors appeal to the global community for professional development opportunities, internships, student exchange programs, and other experiences to increase knowledge, skills, and resources in the area of ASD for Ecuadorian children, youth, and adults.

Acknowledgments
The center relies on the generosity of donors, sponsors, and volunteers to sustain and improve services, interventions, facilities, and professional development for staff. Without their assistance, these services would not be available to individuals with ASD.
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