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Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.

A child who has autism may seem very withdrawn, not make eye contact with people, not talk or play the way other children do, or repeat certain motions and behaviors over and over again.

“Children with autism generally have problems with social interaction, language or behavior, said Dr. Ann Aring, a family physician in Columbus. “The symptoms of autism vary greatly from child to child. Some children show signs of autism in early infancy; others develop normally for the first few months or years and then lose skills they have already acquired.”

Since there is no lab test that can detect autism, it is often diagnosed when a baby or toddler does not behave as expected for their age. If your physician suspects your child has autism, you may be referred to a sub-specialist or other health care professional so that your child can be evaluated.


Area residents and high school students are invited to learn about ways to make

their lives more enjoyable through healthy living as Owens Community College hosts Care Fair for Health 2009 Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. The event is sponsored by the Owens School of Health Sciences’ faculty and students.

“Owens Community College is excited to once again host an event dedicated to educating area residents and students about our nation’s growing health concerns,” said Jennifer Irelan, Owens director of recruitment and Care Fair for Health Committee co-chair. “Throughout the day, individuals can take advantage of the various health services and advice being offered by Northwest Ohio’s premiere health care community.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain practical health information from more than 60 displays outlining a diverse array of topics, including CPR, cancer information and care, fire safety, nutrition and culinary arts, genetic information, mental health, substance abuse, HIV awareness, sports care and stress management.


Mercy St. Charles Hospital Acute Rehab Unit is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The 20-bed unit specializes in treating patients who are disabled by such conditions as stroke; fractured hips and femurs; amputation; poly- and rheumatoid arthritis; major multiple trauma; neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, polyneuropathy, multiple sclerosis; spinal cord injuries; brain injuries or burns. 

Acute Rehab employs a full assortment of therapeutic services. Each patient’s treatment team may include rehab nurses; physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists; a social worker; nutritionist; a psychologist, vocational counselor, or audiologist. 

“This unit is CARF – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – accredited and is the only such unit in the Mercy System for Northwest Ohio,” said Cathy Duncan, clinical manager of the Acute Rehab Unit. “What sets it apart from other rehab units is the range of services offered in the same place. We are staffed and equipped to provide interdisciplinary, inpatient rehabilitation services to patients requiring multiple therapies.”

For more information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Charles, call 419-696-5660.


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