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Autism workshop to aid families, professionals

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

Families and professionals who live with and serve individuals with autism know the challenges and questions the disorder presents. Help and answers are often not easy to find, or readily accessible.

‘Next Steps’®, an informational workshop developed and presented by professionals from HANDS Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center at Riley Hospital Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center will be held in Huntington on Thursday, January 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Horace Mann School at 2485 Waterworks Road. Workshop topics include a discussion of diagnosis and characteristics of the disorder, best practices and strategies, and available local and statewide resources for families and professionals.

The event is coordinated and sponsored by multiple service providers in Huntington County who serve individuals with autism. Huntington County Community Schools is serving as host to the event, with support from the Autism Society of Indiana, Behavior Associates of Indiana, Bowen Center, Early Head Start – Kids Kampus, First Steps of Huntington County, Huntington County Special Services, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Pathfinder Community Supports.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer the ‘Next Steps’ workshop to the local Huntington County community. Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be extremely devastating and overwhelming for families. It is our hope that the information provided will help families and professionals alike navigate the complexities of resources and interventions used in the treatment of autism,” said Barbara Terry, Autism-related services program manager for the Bowen Center.

This event is offered free of charge. Parents, professionals and any interested community members are invited to attend.