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McNeese Autism Program Provides Services and Training

April 18, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
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April is National Autism Awareness Month. Did you
know that one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder?

For 10 years, McNeese State University’s Autism
Program has been first choice in providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) and
related therapies that can be effective in helping children on the autism
spectrum adjust to school, regulate their behaviors and participate in family
and community life,” says Dr.  Toby
Osburn, McNeese Autism Program (MAP) director.

“MAP
is one of the longest operating ABA providers here in the Lake Area,” says
Osburn, “and is dedicated to improving the lives of young children with autism
or other developmental disorders and their families.”

Osburn
also points out that McNeese is one of only 21 universities in the world – and
the only university in Louisiana – to offer a graduate degree program in
psychology with an ABA concentration that is accredited by the Association for
Behavior Analysis International.

“Our
ABA program trains and graduates dozens of individuals each year who become
board certified behavior analysts and licensed to practice in Louisiana, Texas
and numerous other states,” says Osburn. “MAP offers hands-on experience and supervised
training needed for graduate interns in the ABA program
to sit for national certification.”

In 2018, MAP provided over 20,000 hours of services
through unique programs, including a feeding clinic designed to improve
nutrition and healthy growth and development, BRIDGES, an intensive day-camp
style program for older adolescents and young adults, problem behavior
assessments/interventions and a Super School program aimed at helping children
with school readiness, group social skills and appropriate classroom behavior.

President's house lit blue for autism month.

To highlight this month, the McNeese president’s house on Ryan Street has gone blue to promote autism awareness, and Autism Awareness Night will be held at the Cowboys vs. Louisiana Tech baseball game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Joe Miller Ball Park.

For more information about the ABA program or McNeese Autism Program, call 337-562-4246 or visit www.mcneese.edu/autism.

Registration for the 2019 summer session and 2019 fall semester at McNeese is currently underway.