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Free autism screening for young children

October 25, 2022 – Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida, offers free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years old.

The next screening will take place on November 11th 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. at the Pediatric Specialists Office, 15901 Bass Rd, Suite 102, Fort Myers.

It is estimated that one in 44 children is diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, childhood diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

The project’s medical consultants point out that early diagnosis can make a big difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make a huge difference not only in a child’s development, but also in their family.

ASD screening is performed by Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida. Screenings are administered by an advanced practice registered nurse, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disabilities.

A medical referral is not required. To schedule a screening, please call 239-343-6838.

About Golisano Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida has been named “Top Hospital” three years in a row by The Leapfrog Group. It is the only recognized children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 134-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital in May 2017, moving the children’s hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It has comprehensive pediatric services, including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk laboratory, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centerand NICU Level II and Level III with 70 private rooms. Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have been named Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the United States, a recognition determined by popular vote For more information, visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three main programs: Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, keeps families with sick children close to each other and the medical care their child needs in the best hospitals in the world. OMRM programs not only provide access to quality health care, but they enable family-centered care, ensuring that families are fully supported and actively involved in the care of their children. For more information, visit

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