Clinic business

The community of Beloit invited to the inauguration of the new autism support clinic

BELOIT, Wis. – A company that helps parents of children with autism get easier access to the care they need has welcomed members of the Beloit community to tour its new facility.

Caravel Autism Health held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at its Beloit location, which opened in November, to officially celebrate people in the community.

The clinic director and board-certified behavioral analyst said the company’s goal is to improve access to care.

“Many families were traveling long distances to get this type of service,” she said. “We just wanted to bring it right into their backyard for them.”

The center has brightly colored, sensory and model school spaces to help young learners prepare for kindergarten, in part by helping them develop their social skills.

“It’s a much easier step to go to our house, which is a bit like school, and then they start the real school,” said Erica Courtemanche, the clinic’s coordinating officer. “There’s a bridge between and not just going to school and being very scared.”

Ramadani also said that since early intervention for children with autism is essential, she hopes the new center will make it easier for families in Beloit.

So far, the clinic has about 15 patients. Caravel representatives said parents concerned their child has autism can visit the company’s website to pre-screen before an assessment can be scheduled.

According to the latest CDC figures from 2018, one in 44 children in the United States has autism.