D&S Residential Services has made a commitment to the care and
treatment of individuals with autism and other pervasive
developmental disorders (PDD).
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears
during the first three years of life. It is a neurological disorder
that affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with
Communication: language develops slowly or not at all;
gestures used instead of words. Sometimes there is a loss of
language or regression.
Social Interaction: may spend time alone; shows little
interest in making friends.
Sensory Impairment: unusual reactions to physical
sensations, overly sensitive to touch.
Behaviors: overactive or very passive; frequent tantrums
for no apparent reason; obsessed with a single item, idea, or
person; lack of common sense; aggressive or violent behavior.
Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and other
developmental disabilities, such as Asperger Syndrome, occur in
approximately one in every 150 individuals. The number of diagnosed
cases of autism and similar disorders has dramatically increased
over the past decade.
We have engaged the assistance of the May Institute of Atlanta to
help train our staff. The May Institute is among the largest, most
respected and innovative nonprofit organizations in the country,
providing behavioral healthcare, educational, and rehabilitative
services to more than 25,000 individuals and their families