2 autism events are planned for April

By Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

Two upcoming events will draw attention to individuals who have developmental disorders that fall under the spectrum of autism.

The Third Tyler Run for Autism is set for April 5. The event includes a 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run on routes through the Azalea Dis-trict.

The run raises money to help parents pay for services of-fered at the Treatment and Learning Center in Tyler. TLC uses a multi-faceted approach called Applied Behavior Analysis.

"Children with autism … have the potential to learn but it takes a very structured environment, one where conditions are optimized for acquiring the same skills that typical children learn naturally. ABA sets up the environment to enable children to learn," information on the Tyler Run for Autism's website said.

More information and registration is available at www.tylerrunforaut ism.com.

On April 26, Autism Expo, a showcase of autism resources, is scheduled at The University of Texas at Tyler. It is being presented by the Autism Network of the Parent Services Center.

"The expo will provide parents of autistic children, adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, educators and professionals with a forum to educate and share resources," the forum's promotional material said.

Speakers include the coordinator of behavioral and educational services at a major hospital who will speak on a collaborative approach to helping children with autism, and an expert on special education who will speak on Applied Behavioral Analysis.

The Autism Network provides resources for parents and caretakers of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For more about the expo, contact the Parent Services Center, www.parentservicescenter.org.





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