The number of children diagnosed with autism has jumped 30-percent since 2012, according to a new report from the CDC, and there are 2,000 children in Spokane County who have been diagnosed with autism, which is only second to King County.
New legislation was passed in 2013 to make treatment for these children more accessible, but there is still an issue of supply and demand.
Charles Green's 4-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with autism last October.
"He has a great personality, great sense of humor, great kid," Green said.
For Green, getting the diagnosis, "in some ways it was a relief because we could finally get him the help he needed."
Noah is part of a new program offered by the Northwest Autism Center. The program focuses on children ages two to five years old and provides them with extensive care for 12 weeks.
"This particular approach allows us to really get to know the child and build a transitional plan that will positively impact the services they are going to receive where ever they are going next," Dawn Sidell with the Northwest Autism Center said.