‘Helix & Hope’ is an innovative collaboration in the world of autism that combines the scientific resources and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center with the proven therapeutic services, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives of Project Hope Foundation.
By sharing ideas, resources, and expertise, ‘Helix & Hope’ aims to:
Develop a blood-based test for autism for an accurate, objective, and early diagnosis;
Explore personalizing therapeutic methodologies to maximize effective outcomes;
Deliver Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and other currently existing therapies to people with autism
Provide educational and classroom models to support inclusion;
Formulate evidence-based medical treatment strategies; and
Enhance transition opportunities for adults with both job training and independent living skills.
Makayla was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in April of 2015 at the age of two. At about 18 months, we noticed she had started some repetitive hand motions, and her pediatrician was a little concerned that she did not have many words. She had learned some sign language, and was saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, but that was it. Then she suddenly stopped all of that. At her 2 year old check-up, the pediatrician referred us to BabyNet, SC’s early interve...