University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities hosted eight presentations during the 2013-2014 speaker series aimed at helping parents and caregivers of children with an autism spectrum disorder to improve their children’s live significantly. Provided at no cost, the lectures assist in spreading knowledge and behavior modification techniques to a wider audience than the center is currently able to serve.
“The CDC recently released the results of a new study suggesting that one out of every 68 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Unfortunately, CADD is not able to keep up with the growing demand for services, so we created these lectures as a way to get information out to the community on a broader scale,” says Center Director and UHCL Professor of Psychology Dorothea Lerman.
Presenters this year included Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County Assistant Deputy Director Marie Quintero and UHCL graduate students Trena Rouse, Charity English, Amy Richardson, Chris Roath, Candice Roberson, Melissa Nissen and Lauren Plaisance.
The lecture series has experienced great success in spreading awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities with approximately 80 parents and professionals in attendance each month. According to the evaluations completed at the end of each lecture, attendees found the presentations “very informative and helpful in the classroom,” and that they gave “great ideas on reinforcing good behavior.”
CADD is able to provide these presentations free of charge because of its generous sponsors: Hegwood & Associates, P.C., JSC Federal Credit Union, Spectrum of Hope, Susie Bean and Including Kids.
“The partnership with the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders at UHCL is a prime example of supporting this community by educating teachers, parents and care givers about autism,” says JSC Federal Credit Union Business Development Coordinator Becky Day. “JSC FCU is proud to partner with CADD to support and educate this wonderful community that we live, work and play in.”
For more information on the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, visit http://hsh.uhcl.edu/CADD or call 281-283-3437.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu