Saturday, January 28, 2006

St. Mary's Autism Conference

DW and I spent the last few days in Alexandria, LA, seeing our boys and helping set up for the 1st annual St. Mary's Autism Conference. The school is looking to have its autism center serve as a resource to help school systems in the area train educators in applied behavior analysis (ABA), the only scientifically validated methodology for educating autistic children. This first conference pretty much went over the basics of ABA, and there was a fascinating presentation on brain science. Most of the participants were from school systems in CenLa, but there was a strong presence from St. Mary's new partner, Tulane Medical School, and I saw a couple of people from the U. of Southern Mississippi.

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