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Free autism screening available July 10

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Friday, June 9, 2023 - The Pervasive Parenting Center (PPC), in conjunction with the Cherokee Nation, is hosting a free autism screening for children 3 to 8 years old who are registered with a federally recognized tribe.

The screenings are available by appointment only and will take place at Carl Albert State College (CASC) in Sallisaw from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 10.

The service is being offered at no charge thanks to training from the Oklahoma Autism Center and a donation from the Cherokee Nation.

PPC Center Director Kodey Toney said, "This has been a very successful program so far. We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Cherokee Nation to assist families by assessing their child’s needs early on."

Early identification and early intervention are key to ensuring optimal outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The first steps of this process are awareness and screening.

Families should be aware of the developmental milestones that children typically reach around certain ages as well as warning signs that could indicate ASD or other developmental delays.

Screenings can help show possible risks for ASD or other delays and provide any further assessment that may be needed. In addition, screenings include resources and referrals to assist families in determining the next steps to take for their child's long-term developmental health.

"The PPC is a non-profit organization created to help families in eastern Oklahoma locate resources available to those with disabilities," Toney added.

The Sallisaw CASC campus is located at 1601 S. Opdyke.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (918) 647-1255 or email

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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