New York Daily News - Comprehensive $5 Million Autistic Center To Open In Howard Beach

 – January 25, 2012  –– 

A Queens group plans to transform a Howard Beach Chinese restaurant into a $5 million comprehensive center for autistic children and adults. The New York Families for Autistic Children facility is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the borough. Autistic individuals often struggle with social interactions, language and exhibit repetitive behaviors, said Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, director of the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. But “early intervention increased their functioning in life, their social abilities, even their IQ,” he said, noting about one percent of the population has the disorder.
- Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, Professor, Psychiatry, Director of the Seaver Autism Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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