GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – There is no cure for autism, but there are treatments and resources to help children and adults overcome the spectrum of these developmental challenges.

Carolina Therapy Connection is now the first Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) in eastern North Carolina. 

The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and requires staff to complete autism-specific training and professional certification.

Carolina Therapy Connection is one of only two therapy clinics in NC with the Certified Autism Center designation.

Their team consists of occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and educational specialists.

Owner Cindy Taylor says it’s important to have a high standard of care for people on the autism spectrum.

All Certified Autism Centers ™ meet the following requirements:

  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism
  • At least 80% of staff is trained and certified in the field of Autism
  • Maintain compliance with National Healthcare/Education Accreditation standards
  • Committed to ongoing training in autism
  • Complies with HIPAA and ADA requirements

Taylor explains, “we really felt like we need to dedicate ourselves, our staff, to get advanced training so that we can really better understand the needs and know what really would benefit these families and kind of understand it from their perspective on what would be best for them.”

Leaders at the Carolina Therapy Connection are working on expanding their services to new areas, including New Bern and Goldsboro.

The clinic serves children across the spectrum with a variety of needs. 

You can find out more information on its resources here.